Going outside isn’t an option for me right now. How can I be active?
Move your workout inside
There may be many reasons why you can’t go outdoors. The good news is that there are many good options for indoor activity and exercise. Preparing a list of indoor activities will set you up for success!
- Think about whether going outside is a challenge for you. How often is it a challenge?
- You might not be able to go outside for a variety of reasons. Some kids say:
- "I don’t live near a park or playground."
- “My neighborhood is unsafe."
- "It's raining." "It's too cold." "It's too hot."
- Can you relate? What could you do?
Get some ideas that have worked for other kids.
- Clear a space in your home where you can move around. Make sure there are no tripping hazards.
- Exercise DVDs are great for those bad weather days! All you need is a television, DVD player, and an open area.
- Active video games can increase heart rate, breathing, and sweating! You will want to get off the couch and move.
- Dance in your room to your favorite music. Or create a brand new dance routine!
- Perform a circuit of six exercises such as jumping jacks, squats, and push-ups. No equipment required! Only a small room is needed. Do each exercise for 45 seconds, with 15 seconds rest in-between. Other exercises and a sample Boston Children’s fit kit Circuit can be found on our vigorous intensity fitness page.
Seek open public space
- Visit your local community center to go swimming, shoot hoops, or do other available activities.
- Walk at a fast pace around a local shopping mall. Some malls may have walking clubs or maps.