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Parenting: 8 ways to stay active indoors

January 14, 2017

It’s a challenge to stay physically active during Rochester winters. At times, the mere thought of bundling up is too daunting a task, leaving us to stay cooped up inside, wearing our pjs and longing for summer. A recently offered some ideas on how to enjoy the great outdoors and spice things up over winter, and I heard back from a few people who aren’t too keen on the cold. Personally, I’ve been dreaming of summer since the first day the temps didn’t break 70 degrees. Cold isn’t my thing either, but physical activity cannot take six-month breaks, especially with our children, so let’s get creative and keep moving. Here are some ideas to take away the guesswork: Stair climbing My FitBit has done wonders for me, especially during the winter months. I’ve been known to leave my warm bed just to reach my goal of 25 flights in a day. Make more of an effort to get the kids up and down a few flights, too. If you live in a multi-level home, consider leaving the kids’ toys in a basket at the bottom of the stairs when you pick them up around the house. Ask the kids to take a load up until the basket is empty. If they’re anything like mine, it’ll take a few flights before everything has been put away. For those that live in a ranch-style home, use the basement stairs. Putting toys away may not apply here, but maybe they could help bring up laundry instead. I’m always looking for ways to get my kids more involved with the housework. The cleaning isn’t the main focus, though. It’s about the exercise, so do what you can to make things work. Safety is obviously a major factor to keep in mind, so an adult should always be present, especially with the little ones. Indoor obstacle courses Not only is this a great way to get moving, but it’s a tremendous way to spend time with the kids, too. Scatter couch cushions to jump on (use safe, stable surfaces). Set a broom across a couple chairs and have them climb over it and crawl under it. Grab some handheld weights that...

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