23 Indoor Activities for Heart-Healthy Kids

February is Heart Month, a good time to make sure your child is getting the physical activity they need.

The American Heart Association recommends children ages 6 to 17 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Preschoolers and toddlers need even more than that.

But it’s also February in New England – which means it’s freezing outside.

Don’t let winter get in the way of heart health

How can you keep your child moving, even when they’re stuck indoors?

We’ve put together suggestions for physical activities your child can do inside, with ideas for toddlers to teens.

Download the free guide: 23 Indoor Activities for Heart-Healthy Kids.

Flexible, fun and adventurous Mom and daughter dancing in front of a grey couch in their living room.

No matter what activities you choose, keep a few tips in mind.

Your child’s recommended 60 minutes (or more) of activity don’t need to happen all at once. Try for 10- or 20-minute bursts instead.

Especially for younger kids, don’t just think “exercise.” Think “active play,” which includes any kind of physical activity that gets their heart rate up. That can mean marching to music, navigating an obstacle course or playing an energetic round of Simon Says. If they’re breathing faster, breaking a sweat and have pink cheeks, they’re engaged in active play.

As children get older, their 60 minutes should include muscle-building and bone-strengthening activities in addition to aerobics. That can include weights, running and climbing. Not sure how to make that happen in your living room? Pack the whole family up and head to a destination like a community center or climbing wall, which might just help you form some heart-healthy habits too.

Want more tips, and 23 specific ideas for indoor activities?

Get the free guide.

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