Stay fit and have fun this winter, even when storms and sub-zero chill keep you indoors
Follow the leader
“We have what’s called the power hour at our house,” says Sarah Duyker, a Vancouver-based mom of two and Bar Method instructor (it’s a class that combines interval training and isometrics). “We will all be firefighters or superheroes and take turns as the ‘leader’ or ‘fire chief’ and guide each other through drills like putting out a fire, climbing the ladder (a.k.a. stairs) and going through tunnels.” You can increase the difficulty by timing each round.
Build a fit fort
No playground? No worries — transform your living room into a fort and encourage your warriors to climb through. “Parents have to be willing to play too,” says Nicole Christen, a mother of three from Abbotsford, BC, who uses furniture, blankets and pillows to construct their castles. “We’ll dress up in Halloween costumes and pretend we’re fighting off imaginary creatures,” she says. (Boxes and tents work too.)
Pick up sticks
“A rainy day certainly doesn’t stop a great family game of Mini-sticks,” says Jolene d’Entremont, a yoga teacher and mother of three from Halifax. The basement match usually has one parent protecting the net, with two kids fighting it out for the ball while the other parent plays referee (you can take turns at this). Push the furniture to the side and clear out all breakables; the basement will take a beating. “We have the black marks and dents on the walls to prove it,” adds Jolene proudly.
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