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10 ways to encourage activity during holiday break

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.

One possible excuse to binge tonight

If you launch your new regimen tomorrow, you'll have 100 days to get in shape by Labor Day.

Wild Moose Chase Trail Run debuts at Mount Spokane

OUTDOOR FITNESS — A new event, the Wild Moose Chase Trail Run, debuts Sept. 24 at Mount Spokane State Park, with 5k, 10k and 25k courses start from Selkirk Lodge.
The event is organized by Eastern Washington University physical therapy students.
“We think this race will be a spectacular opportunity for folks to enjoy being outdoors with their families in one of the greatest places Spokane has to offer — the beautiful Mount Spokane State Park in the fall,” said
Meghan Faulkenberry, race director.
The 25k event starts at 9 a.m. followed by the other events, the last of which is the family-friendly 5K starting at 10:15. The runs head out on loops over the cross-country ski trails.
Register through Active.com before Wednesday (Sept. 14) to avoid a late fee or visit the race website, http://www.wildmoosechasetrailrun.com for a mail-in registration.
Day of race registration is also available, with a $5 late fee and no guarantee of a shirt.
Group awards and overall awards for participants are planned, as well as sponsor giveaways.