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Why just search for things when you can work in a workout? May Center Athletics Director Katera Noviello shares a fun idea that starts with clues and ends with the need for a cool-down.

Write down 10 exercises and number of repetitions on strips of paper, and hide them around the house—under pillows, in the refrigerator, etc. Then write down 10 clues that will lead the hunters to those exercise notes (EXERCISE 1 CAN BE FOUND WHERE WE KEEP THE MILK!). Tuck each of the clues into a small snack bag, plastic egg, or such. Hide them in other places throughout your home, then gather your family at a “meeting point” to start the game. The meeting point should be in an area open enough to do the exercises together. Everyone disperses and hunts for the “clues.” When someone finds one, they run to find the exercise instruction, then shout it out (PUSH UPS!), and everyone runs back to the meeting point to complete the challenge together. Start a timer before you begin—30 minutes is perfect for this—so there is pace and some urgency in doing the exercises back-to-back, as you would during an actual workout.

Exercise suggestions:

(note: reduce the number of repetitions for younger children)

  • 25 walking lunges
  • 25 squats
  • 50 calf raises
  • 50 bicycle crunches
  • 20 push-ups
  • 30 second plank hold
  • 1-minute wall sit
  • 3-minutes pretend jump rope
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 squat down/jump ups