FITNESS -- Cheer up your child's holiday break by giving them a chance to be in better shape when school reconvenes in January.
Here are a few modest suggestions to help break the epidemic of TV and computer laziness:
- While on vacation, play with children when you can and join the fun. Bring a football, basketball or even Hoola Hoop.
- Hand deliver holiday cards and cookies to the neighbor.
- While watching TV, have a contest to wee who can invent a new, fun exercise during commercial breaks.
- Create A Holiday Tradition- Ideas include a ski trip, snowshoe trek, a trip to the woods to cut a Christmas Tree, or a visit to the skating rink – replace sedentary holiday traditions with more active ones.
- Sign up for an inexpensive outing of snowshoeing or skiing organized by Spokane Parks and Recreation outdoors program.
- Buy Active Holiday presents for the kids that will get them up and moving. A jump rope, the good ol’ favorite Twister or even a movement based video gaming system like Xbox Kinect or Wii Sports.
- Create Your Own Winter Olympics with friends and neighbors. Kids who don’t want to participate can help judge.
- Walk to see Holiday Decorations and Lights – instead of piling in the car to drive around the neighborhood, walk to see the holiday lights.
- Take the dogs for a walking tour of neighborhood decorations.
- Visit indoor activity centers, such as the the great aquatic facilities at the YMCA or YWCA.
- Go tracking if there's snow at a local Conservation Futures area. Bring a field guide to animal tracks and see what you can find.