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Physical Activity
- Winter Activity Information / Ideas

Living in Canada, winter is part of everyday life. There are many ways we can enjoy being active during the winter months. Some activities, like shovelling snow, can be hard work. If your body isnít used to doing vigorous activity like this, it is a good idea to get your body ready beforehand. Winter safety and knowing how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia are things to consider before going outside. It is important to be active in nature all year round.

Here are some ways you can get active this winter: play games as a group, try the winter activity checklist, and walking. Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to be active, try:


Winter Active Ideas

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Go for a family swim at your local pool! Dance to your favourite music. Take a walk at lunch.  Build a snowman! Go bowling with family and friends. Try action-TV. Do sit ups, jumping jacks, and stairs during commercials. Visit a new town. Check paper for local events.
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Go skating. Play Simon says "do this" "do that" with the family. Go walking at the mall. Try a workout video at home. Take a walk at lunch. Try water aerobics at your local pool. Go on a valentine's day hike. Try a new trail you haven't tried before.
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Go for a cross country ski, snowshoe or a hike on a local trail. Take a brisk after dinner walk. Play freeze-tag or snow Frisbee. Go tobogganing. Go on a treasure hunt outside. Walk to a friend - neighbour's house for a visit (at least 10 minutes away). Go for a winter nature walk. Look for animal tracks, trees and birds.
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Build a snow-fort. Park further away. Walk shorter distances instead of driving (10 minutes). Have a dance recital at home and have everyone create their own dance. Play outdoor hockey. Play hide and seek or capture the flag with a group of friends and/or family. Play soccer or badminton outside with family and/or friends. Try out a new activity at your local fitness centre.
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 Take your dog for a walk (borrow a friends' dog and take it for a walk). Here are some ideas you can try to get active this winter, keep it interesting and have fun!

Create great active memories for yourselves and your family. If there are other activities you like to do just add them to your calendar or move these ideas around to suit your schedule. Take advantage of the opportunities our great Canadian winter provides us! Bundle up and get outside and play!!!

Modified from the original version created by Central West Public Health Physical Activity Promotion Network.


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