10 indoor activities you can do when the weather sucks

The weather is a wild thing in Canada. Just when you thought you could bank on it being a beautiful day, a storm rolls in and squashes the fun you had planned. Our winter is especially tough because sometimes the last thing you can face is a bitter walk in the cold. Wind chill is a thing most of us could live without.

To keep you moving through the season, we’ve created a list of 10 indoor activities that are easy to do in the comfort of your own home. And guess what? All these activities are on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List.

Meaning, if you try them out and track them on our website, you’ll earn chances at some incredible prizes like a brand new Chevrolet! A new car being the perfect thing to whisk you away to some faraway place with nicer weather.

10 ACTIVE INDOOR ACTIVITIES

1.  PILATES

Designed to stretch and strengthen your body, Pilates is an easy activity to do from home. It helps to have a mat to practice on to help soften some of the poses you’ll be trying. Clothes that won’t tangle around you as you move will keep you comfortable. For some guided instruction, check out some YouTube videos like those from Blogilates.

2. PILLOW FIGHT

Frustrated by the weather? Grab a pillow, and smack your loved ones with it! Guaranteed to create some giggles or give someone a very serious surprise, a pillow fight is plain old fun. Keep in mind, there are certain rules associated with a pillow fight: no smothering, no holding, and no cushions with zippers or buttons! Make sure you watch out for lamps, pictures and other valuables within striking distance.

3. YOGA

Also an activity designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles, yoga is a great indoor activity for a stormy day. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing you can stretch in because you’ll be trying some interesting movements. A mat is helpful to soften the poses. For guided yoga instruction, we like Brett Larkin’s YouTube channel and the free website Do Yoga With Me.

4. HOUSEWORK

Productive and physical, you’re probably going to need to wash your bedsheets or sweep the floor at some point in this life. Light activity like housework is more beneficial than sedentary time spent on the sofa in front of the TV. You might as well try to earn something for all the household cleaning you do!

5. JUMP ROPE

Quick and fun, jump rope is a surefire way to get your heart pumping. One piece of equipment is all that is needed. Pick up a jump rope, holding the ends of the rope in each of your hands, swing the rope over your head and under your feet (while jumping) to create a full circle. Do this for 10 minutes at a time, and you’re on your way to meeting the 150 minutes of heart-pumping activity you need each week.

6. HACKY SACK

Hacky Sack™, also known as foot bag, is a game where people try to keep the hacky sack in the air by using mainly their feet and occasionally their bodies. Don’t have one? Make it a crafter-noon and DIY your own so you can hop around and test your foot-to-eye coordination.

7. HULA HOOPING

Relive your childhood memories and step into a hula hoop. Simply place the hoop around your waist and swing the hoop in a circular motion around your body. The idea is to keep the hula hoop from falling for as long as possible by swivelling your hips. You might be surprised it’s just as fun and probably more difficult than you remember!

8. DANCING

Nobody puts Baby in a corner or you! No need for much instruction, freestyle dancing is fun on its own. Put on your favourite music, or pop in your ear buds if you don’t want to disturb someone, and get grooving. Looking for a more advanced dance? There are literally millions of dance instructables on YouTube. A fan of Beyoncé? Try this video to learn the steps to her song Formation. Always wanted to try square dancing? The Electric Slide seems like a good place to start.

9. ONE FOOT HIGH KICK

The One-Foot High Kick is an Inuit game that tests your coordination, flexibility, sense of balance, and jumping skills. You must jump off from both feet, and kick a suspended target such as a tennis ball, with one foot. The attempt ends with a balanced one-foot landing with the kicking foot only. For beginners, start by suspending the target at a low height, perhaps 20 or 30 cm. If you want to practice, you can also ask a partner to hold up a target – a stick, a ruler, a rolled-up newspaper, anything can be used. To make the game easier, you can also play without a run-up. Experienced competitors take a run-up of three to five steps.

10. DOG AGILITY/WALKING

What’s better than snuggling your furry friend? Playing with them! Dog agility describes the activity of leading your pup through an obstacle course. Get creative and set up your own indoors with sofa cushions, pillows or stools. See how many times you can run them through the course in 10 minutes.

And, if you’re someone who has a sensory, learning/cognition disability or mobility limitation and are looking for variations of these activities—please visit this page, search for the activity in the Activity Centre and click “Learn more” under the Play List activity of your choice.