Dear Amy: I want to be active and stay healthy this winter. Do you have any suggestions? — Terry H., St. Paul, Minnesota
Dear Terry: Finding ways to stay healthy over the winter is a terrific idea. The first thing to do when choosing an activity is to make a list of options available in your area. You don’t have to join an organized team if you don’t want to; there are plenty of other activities you can participate in with friends or family.
Since you live in a region that gets abundant snow, cross-country and downhill skiing are sports that your family might enjoy together. Ice skating, hockey and snowboarding are other fun options.
There are also many choices available to you if you would like to find indoor activities. You can play basketball, volleyball or indoor soccer if you are interested in team sports. Visit your city’s website to find out about recreational leagues available in your area.
Dance, swimming, gymnastics and cycling are just a few options you could try if you prefer individual sports. For more ideas, read Staying Active in Winter: Tips and Tricks for Kids, sparkpe.org/blog/stay-active-winter.
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