Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Day Activities to Boost Your Health

Happy Family Day! Since most businesses are closed and the kids are staying home, it can be a challenge to figure out what to do on days such as this. Thankfully, a little snow fell last night making for a whole host of family friendly activities to get your heart rates up and encourage relaxation and a little family bonding at the same time!

For starters, most skating rinks are open today, and what is more Canadian than strapping on a pair of skates and doing a few laps around the ice? Don't worry if you're inexperienced; learning keeps the mind and body active and a challenge is always more exciting than plain old repetition. Why not then celebrate your successes with a mug of hot chocolate when you're finished?

Another family friendly activity to enjoy today is tobogganing. With the snow that has fallen, most hills will be nicely covered to allow for hours of family fun. If that's not your thing, why not bundle up and go for a nice long winter walk? That ought to get everyone hungry and excited for some healthy food later on. And for that matter, why not make meals a family event today and get everyone involved! Cooking from scratch takes time but also teaches cooperation and teamwork in the kitchen. Then you can all enjoy the fruits of your labour together.

If the outdoors aren't for you, there are plenty of indoor activities you can all do today. Certain townships are leaving swimming pools and community centers open to encourage more family fun and physical activity today. And if you'd rather just stay home, aside from traditional board games, why not bake up something delicious and healthy that you can share with others throughout the week? Not only will you stay warm, but your whole house will smell amazing too! You can pop in a few movies and get some much needed R&R with those you love. Both physical activity and relaxation are critical for good health, so don't feel guilty if you just take it easy today and catch up on a little shut-eye and rest!