Late Winter / Early Spring Fitness Activities for the Family

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Spring Fitness Activities to Get You Active

As winter starts to end, spring fever becomes rampant. That got us to thinking about some late winter and early spring fitness activities that can get us outside or even indoor activities we can try on those last few cold days. It’s time to get active with these spring fitness activities

Get started on these spring fitness activities

Keeping the family active when the winter and spring months can be challenging.

It’s not quite as convenient as slipping on some tennis shoes, strapping the kids in a stroller and walking to the nearest playground. That summertime living sure was easy!

Planning family activities during the colder months may seem like a daunting task but it is well worth it when your kids have energy to burn. Instead of letting them tear around the house like Tasmanian devils, try one of these eight fun family outings.

spring fitness activities1. Roller Skating

Roller skating is a great aerobic exercise that can be fun for the whole family. It may have been years since you’ve laced up a pair of skates, but it’s just like riding a bike. You will be back in the swing of things in no time.

Just make sure you protect your new skaters with the appropriate gear. Helmets, gloves and knee pads will take some of the pain out of learning curve.

2. Ice Skating

Like roller skating, this an activity for all ages that is fun for both boys and girls. There are indoor ice skating rinks that will allow you to participate no matter the weather.

If you can find an outdoor skating rink though the fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for breaking through the winter blues.

3. Indoor Swimming

Swimming is a favorite warm weather activity, but you don’t have to save swimming fun for the summer. Find an indoor swimming area, such as a local YMCA, and you can enjoy your favorite Summertime activity all year round.

Swimming is a low impact sport with a high aerobic return, and surprisingly to many, is a very versatile activity that can even offer therapeutic benefits in children and adults, so it is good for the whole family.

4. Indoor Playgrounds

If you need time to sit back and relax while the kids run around, indoor playgrounds are a good option.

Utilizing the rope ladders, miles of tubes, ball pits and slides will be fine tuning their motor skills and problem-solving skills but they will think there are just there to have fun.

5. Gymnastics / Dance / Indoor Soccer / Basketball

basketball-hoop-781379_640Signing your kids up for indoor sports either through school or a rec league will not only give them much need physical activity but it will help them make friendships and learn how to be a team player.

The social aspect of sports is often times just as important as the physical aspect.

6. Skiing / Snowboarding / Snow Tubing

If there is snow on the ground, you might as well take advantage of it. Most resorts offer lessons for little ones and if you’re not an avid skier yourself, you can take classes with your kids.

If barreling down a steep hill with one or two sticks strapped to your feet doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, take the kids snow tubing instead.

7. Sled Riding

Sled riding is a childhood rite of passage. It’s also cheap entertainment and great aerobic exercise. Consider it “leg day” because all those walks back up the hill will have you heart pounding and your legs burning.

8. Arcade

At first thought, you might not consider the arcade a place to get exercise but have you ever played one of those dance-off games?

They will get your heartbeat up in a hurry! The “aim” games will also help your child develop hand-eye coordination while they earn tickets for silly prizes.

Wrap-Up

Depending on where you live, winter may be mild or it may be brutal. If it is mild, continue to get outside by taking walks or going to the playground.

If it’s brutal, utilize some of these indoor activity ideas to keep your kids happy and active year-round.

What spring fitness activities work for you when you are getting out of an exercise rut?

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