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Active Cures for Cabin Fever

By Val Newcomb on 02/03/2016 | Fun & Games

The mid-Atlantic was hit with record snow in January. What begins as cozy family time can quickly unravel into endless loads of laundry from the extra layers required for sledding, around the clock cooking and cleaning up and families with cabin fever. Snowstorms aside, winter is a trying time to manage healthy habits, so make February your month to regroup and recharge. 

Girls on the Run encourages healthy habits in young girls by combining physical activity with games that help them develop personally and grow their confidence. Staying active doesn’t have to end with the Girls on the Run season and can be a fun way to pass the time indoors.

When everybody cries “I’m bored!” get started with four fun indoor challenges!

Together Counts, a Girls on the Run National Alliance, offers these ideas for staying active despite the dreary weather.

1. Family wall sit challenge! If you haven’t done a wall sit exercise before, check it out and demonstrate for your family.  Line everyone up or take turns with the stop watch and see if everyone can hold the position for 10 seconds. Then 20. Then one minute! It’s fun and easy and can build core strength over time.

2. Balloon volleyball challenge! Grab a balloon and keep it in the air without tapping it more than once. Count each successful hit and try to get to 50.

3. Athlete charades challenge! Give charades a sporty spin with athletic movies. “Ride a horse,” “throw a touchdown pass,” “win match point,” or “swim in the Olympics.” Everyone gets a turn creating a mini interval workout. 

4. Yoga challenge! Think yoga doesn’t get the blood flowing? Think again. It can build strength, and balance and holding poses is hard. Even the younger members of your family can practice simple yoga poses like vrksasana or “tree pose.” Stand, balance and practice raising your arms to the sky, then raise one leg. Swaying from side to side like a tree in the wind is a fun and challenging balance activity. Get step by step instructions here

If being active and healthy is important to you, share the news with your school that they could apply for a grant to make healthy changes. New playgrounds, grants and gear in amounts from $2,500 all the way to $30,000 are transformative incentives and can rally communities to get involved.

Val Newcomb

Author

Val Newcomb is the Digital Program Manager for the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and its Together Counts™ program. The Together Counts program is on a mission to provide families with the tools and information they need to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle. Val resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two middle school daughters and 93-year-old mother. Val is active in local nonprofits and a voice for the “sandwich generation."

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