As it gets cooler, some kids would rather cuddle under their blankets and play with their electronic devices than play and run outdoors. Want to keep your kids active this fall? Here are some tips to get them moving.

Try these fun indoor activities:

  • Dancing
  • Exer-gaming – fitness game or video games that are also a form of exercise
  • Treadmill walking/running
  • Riding a stationary bicycle
  • Playing Ping-Pong

 Incorporate exercise into everyday activities

Try adding physical activity to the typical sedentary things you do daily. For example, instead of sitting on the couch talking to your friend on the phone, why not walk around the room and talk? Instead of lying on the couch watching TV, stand while watching and do pushups, sit ups and lunges during the commercials. The fun activity will hopefully serve as a distractor for the physical activity!

Get outside and enjoy the cold!

This time of year is also a perfect season to encourage kids to spend time outside.

There are a variety of enjoyable winter activities, including walking, hiking, snowshoeing, skating and skiing. When performed with appropriate garb and equipment, they can be a safe way to get outside, get moving and have fun.

Other fun ways to get or stay fit in the fall are to exercise as a family, participate in intramural sports, volunteer in the community with Habitat for Humanity, participate in a charity race or walk, walk the dog or go on a nature walk to explore trees in your neighborhood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nailah Coleman Nailah Coleman, MD, FAAP, is a sports medicine pediatrician in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. She is board certified in both pediatrics and sports medicine. During her training, she worked in four different hospital environments and had the opportunity to see children at different life stages and assess their growth and wellness.

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