Coming up with rainy day activities for teens isn't easy. It's a different story with little kids
; they can run and jump and even ride their tricycles indoors, if needed. But none of this works for long-limbed adolescents. These practical suggestions may help your teens and tweens get some indoor exercise.
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While you don't want your teen slumped in front of a TV screen all day, motion-controlled video games (aka exergames; available for Nintendo Wii
, PlayStation Move, or Xbox Kinect
) can be a good rainy day alternative. While players are still looking at a screen, they must stand and move their bodies to control the action in the game. For more vigorous physical activity, choose a sports-oriented game such as EA Sports Active
Get some extra bang for your rainy-day buck by having your teen do some household chores. He'll be busy, physically active, and
helping your family function smoothly. He may be even more motivated if you give him ownership of a bigger task, such as a making a repair, reorganizing a closet, or painting a wall. Or perhaps this rainy day is the opportunity you've been waiting for to redecorate his room
Use DVDs, Netflix, or online videos to introduce your teen to a new fitness option (say, Hula hooping or a ballet-based workout). Here are two brief yoga videos designed especially for teens and tweens:
Especially if you have more than one teen trapped at home on a rainy day, lighten the mood with some active party games. This exhaustive list features dozens of options (some are more active than others).
Dodge the raindrops and take your teen to your gym or community center to use the equipment, run on the track, swim, play pickup basketball, or whatever activity appeals. You might even be able to work out side by side or take a class together. If you're not a member, check into day passes or see if you can accompany a friend who has a membership. The Y almost always has day passes available, as well as financial assistance for family memberships.