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Winter Vacation: Add More Activity to Your Family Trip

Posted Nov 15 2010 8:47pm

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Create active memories by adding an exercise component to your vacation. And when we say exercise we are not talking about jumping jacks or push ups. We are just talking about walking, biking or hiking instead of taking a bus, cab, mule or Segway around town.

For example, say you are going to a big city like New York or Chicago for a family vacation. Instead of sightseeing on a double-decker bus, choose a few sights to see each day and walk to them. Walking around a big city gives you a more intimate and memorable view of the city.

You get to experience the city with all of your senses. The hustle and bustle of masses coming off the subway as they approach their office is amazing. You'll hear the talented street musicians playing unusual instruments along side food vendors barking out their regional specialties.

Experiencing a city or town on foot makes it truly comes alive. You are seeing the city like the local resident does. And since you are on the ground walking along side the locals, you can ask them for favorite restaurant suggestions or hole in the wall museums that only they go to.

Sure, when you are on one of those group bus tours, you'll see more things, but the downside is that the only people you are around are other out-of-towners who don't really know the city and the bus driver who is paid to steer you to certain tourist traps.

Another great way to create active memories in a new city is to rent bikes in order to explore places that are a bit farther away and might be off the beaten path. Some nature based parks locations like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Park lend themselves to wonderful scenic hikes. If you have ever hiked down the Grand Canyon, white water rafted on the Colorado River or ice skated in Central Park you and your child will never forget it.

Dr Fitness Says: I promise that if you walk or ride bikes during your next vacation that your children will thank you for it.

The Fat Guy Says: You kids will thank you when they get back to the hotel and raid the mini bar.

Excerpted from 35 Things to Know to Raise Active Kids copyright (c) 2010 by Turner Publishing Company

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