Marion County Health Department and Fit City encourage all Health and Hospital, Wishard and health department employees to "think fitness" as we enter the warm months. Making fitness part of your daily routine doesn't mean you have to be confined to the gym or spend lots of money on equipment. There are many exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home - and on your own time, without exercise bikes or treadmills.
And the best part is, you can get your entire family involved. Here are just a few tips for how your family can work in exercise to your lifestyle:
* Set up an obstacle course. This one is especially fun for the kids. Set up stations such as push-ups in the family room, sit-ups in the bedroom, frog jumps in the hallway. Time everyone and see if your time improves with repetition.
* Buy an exercise band. This is one piece of exercise equipment that's worth every penny. This piece of strength-training equipment is portable, safe and can be used in a variety of exercises. They're also pretty cheap. Check out various resistances and types to fit your workout needs.
* Dance. Can't seem to find the time for an exercise session? Turn on the radio or pop in a CD while you're making dinner. Encourage the entire family to dance around the kitchen.
* Walk. There are many programs that can help you track your steps, whether they are around the house or around the neighborhood.
The health department also provides a free physical fitness program called Indy In Motion. This is a cooperative program with the National Institutes for Fitness and Sport and Indy Parks. Walking, fitness, aerobics and other activities are held at various Indy Park locations throughout the county. In addition, participants will learn about good nutrition and the role what we eat plays in our overall health. All are welcome to join the program no matter the time of year.