Family Living Focus: Fun ideas for being active all year round


Start the new year by trying out a fitness center. Many offer New Year’s Resolution specials.


Give your heart a Valentine’s Day gift with dance lessons, such as salsa, tango, or belly dancing.


Anything can be fun with upbeat music, including spring cleaning.


Work in your garden. Bending, lifting, and stretching are all great exercises.


Build your endurance and strength with a bike ride during National Bike Month. Remember your helmet.


Once your grandchildren are out of school for the summer, ask them to teach you their favorite type of physical activity.


Cool off with a water aerobics class.


Celebrate National Bowling Week the first week in August. Get friends and family together and challenge each other to a friendly tournament.


If you’ve heard about the benefits of yoga but haven’t tried it yet, National Yoga Awareness Month is a great time to find special events and trial classes for beginners.


Take a hike to do some leaf looking. Pick apples or pumpkins. The beautiful colors are inspirational, and a brisk walk is great for your endurance!


Now that the leaves have fallen, rake and bag the leaves.


Try ice skating or building a snowman. If you have holiday shopping to do, walk the entire mall each time you’re there.


Information adapted from Go4Life – Everyday Fitness ideas from the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

If you would like more information on “Fun Ideas for Being Active All Year” contact Gail Gilman, Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus – University of Minnesota at waldn001@umn.edu. Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus™ information in next week’s paper.