Spring into Healthy Activities—Rain or Shine

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It’s spring in Indiana, and Hoosiers never know what type of weather the day will bring. Temperatures can range from 30 degrees to 70 degrees on any given day with a variety of precipitation possibilities—rain, hail and even a late spring snow.

No matter the weather outside, it’s helpful to have a list of go-to activities for both indoors and outdoors. 

Three spring outdoor activities for kids

  1. Play ball. Baseball, t-ball, softball, soccer—the lush green lawns of spring invite children out to toss, roll and kick a ball around. While the children are having fun, they’re also improving motor skills.
  2. Become an explorer. Whether it’s in your own backyard or at a local park, the blooms of spring present a learning opportunity about biology, botany and geology. Take a family walk or hike and learn about the local environment.
  3. Sign up for a 5K. Many fundraising runs/walks take place in the spring. These activities demonstrate the importance of exercise and also giving back to the community.

Three rainy day indoor activities for kids

  1. Build a fort. Using creativity, children can build a fort out of sofa cushions, blankets and furniture. In the meantime, they also have to lift, climb and stretch.
  2. Play interactive video games. Both Wii™ and XBox® offer numerous interactive games that encourage fitness. The kids may think they’re just playing, but parents know they’re getting the exercise too.
  3. Be a chef for a day. Help your children learn about healthy food by involving them in cooking. Allow the kids to pick a recipe and cook it together. 

Enlist the help of your child’s pediatrician to learn more about the importance of exercise for both the mind and the body. 

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