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10 Ideas to Be Active Indoors!

Woman doing online stretching class

Bad weather doesn't have to stop you from getting in your exercise! The next time the weather has you stuck inside, remember these fun ideas to be active at home.  

1. Walk around your home  
 To pass the time, talk on the phone with friends or family or listen to music or audiobooks.   

2. Walk around an indoor public space  
 For example, you can walk the perimeter of a grocery store or inside a mall.  

3. Try a free online exercise video  
 There are many free exercise tutorials online with various styles to try.  

4. Put on music and have a dance party  
 This can be a fun activity for the whole family! Make sure you have enough space to move around freely.   

5. Try circuit training   
 Circuit training is a simple way to work out at home. Just pick a few simple exercises, such as push-ups, jumping jacks, and planks and do them each for a short time, and then start over. The American Heart Association suggests, "Alternate cardio and strength exercises in short bursts of 30 seconds and 3 minutes, then repeat the circuit two to three times."  

6. Do active household chores  
 Walk around while you put things away, vacuum, stand while folding laundry, dust on high and low shelves, etc.   

7. Use items around your home to do strength-training activities  
 You can use soup cans as hand weights. Try a gallon of milk or a bag of dog food for heavier options.  

8. Stretch   
 Stretching is good for your muscles! Try touching your toes or doing hamstring stretches.  

9. Jump rope  
 Jumping rope is a fun way to get your heart pumping!  

10. Play a relay game  
 Create 4-5 stations with different activities. Try walking in place, jumping jacks, toe touches, push-ups, and more. Get the whole family involved and take turns picking out activities. Get a little competitive. Try a "Who Can Do the Most" (jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, etc.) Challenge.

If you have a health problem or have not been active in a while, contact your healthcare provider to make sure it is safe for you to be more physically active.

Rebecca Nicol
January 10, 2023
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