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Keeping Your Mind And Body Active At Home

Keeping Your Mind And Body Active At Home

As our new normal of social distancing lingers on, it’s easy to become stressed or obsessed with the news. While it’s important to stay informed, it’s more important than ever to find ways to entertain, educate and inspire ourselves and our families. We’ve posted another blog with ideas for at-home fun and games, and below is a list of resources that will stimulate your body and mind to help you escape the pull of the television.

Workout At Home

While we may not be able to go out as much, it’s important to stay active. Whether you’re taking a walk most evenings or having fun in your backyard, getting those feel-good endorphins from a workout definitely helps reduce stress. The YMCA has posted a series of home workouts ranging from strength training to cardio to yoga. Also, trainer Lita Lewis posted a free 30-minute HIIT video for those looking for a high-intensity workout, and Anna Renderer’s family fun cardio workout is a great way for the whole family to get moving inside.

Art Adventures

Just because the museums have closed and theaters are dark doesn’t mean your inner artist has to take a pause. In fact, artists are stepping up with the power of the internet to let our creative spirit flow. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. featuring operas including Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutti, Aida and many more. Google Arts & Culture’s collection will take you on a virtual tour of 12 famous museums including the Guggenheim in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and even Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. Want an active art experience? Check out the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems’ streaming collection, where you can doodle along with Mo and create your own works of art.

Learn At Home

We get it. It’s easy to plant yourself in front of the television and binge the saga of the Tiger King or the Harry Potter movies. While you should take time to entertain yourself, every now and then put down the remote and take your mind on a journey as well. Escape into new adventures with 1,000 free audiobooks or 800 free eBooks. You’ll find adventures for all ages and interests on these sites. Planning for a dream vacation when the crisis is over? These nine websites offer free language lessons for learners of all ages.

And for those of us taking on the role of teachers, there are plenty of online resources for you, too. Our public library has created several resources to help parents with their students’ education. These include online storytimes from librarians, Great Parks nature programs, local artists leading lessons and more. It also continues to offer Homework Help Now service. This connects a student with a tutor in a wide range of subjects from K-college from 2 p.m-11 p.m. daily.

The library also offers many databases to let you learn something new. Have you wanted to learn to knit? Learn a new craft from Creative Bug. What to know about your family history? is available from your home for free via the library.

And when you need a few moments of quiet time for a work meeting or to simply enjoy a cup of coffee, Disney and Crayola have free printable pages for your children to color.

Living Well

At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we have temporarily reduced our hours, but remain open to treat our patients. Using CDC guidance to ensure your safety, Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert and our team offer a full suite of chiropractic care, orthotics and corrective exercise for your entire family to feel its best. Give us a call at 513-285-7482 to find out how we can help today! Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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6 Ideas For Family Game Night

6 Ideas For Family Game Night

During this time of staying at home, it’s easy to count on the TV to entertain your family. While that might be an occasional well-deserved break, now is the time to take advantage of this situation and put a positive spin on this crisis by building memories that will last a lifetime. Here are six fun ways to stay active and have fun that don’t involve becoming a family of couch potatoes.

Scavenger Hunt

While we might not be able to go to most places, we can go for family walks. Now that it’s turning warmer, a walk each night is a great way to see neighbors (from a safe distance) and get some exercise. Next time you’re on your walk, step up the fun factor and turn it into a scavenger hunt. Use this list of items (or make your own) and see what you can find:

Red car

American Flag

Garden gnome

Green house

White shutters

5 squirrels

3 stop signs

Yellow blinds

2 dogs

Cat in a window

String Cups

Take an old shoe string and two plastic cups. Cut small holes in the bottom of the cups and insert the string into each cup, tying a small knot in the string of each to hold it in place. Use a ping pong ball or another small ball to toss from one cup to the next. You could have each person do this for themself, or give one cup each to two people. Create a start and finish line in your yard and race another family member. The first one to the finish line wins!

Hide and Seek in the Dark

Hide and seek is a fun game, but step it up a notch and play in the dark. Depending on the age or your kids or the size of your house, you might need to limit it to a certain floor to speed up the game. This is a great way to spend an active hour inside on rainy nights!


Even if you don’t have the official game, you can still play Pictionary. Use an online word generator and select your level of difficulty. The generator also works for charades, too!

Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling

Fun for all ages, this game is easy to make and a great way to enjoy your backyard. Save 10 bottles and when you’re ready to play, drop a glow stick from the grocery store into each bottle. Set up your 10 pins (bottles) use a small ball, and see who gets the highest score in five rounds.

Homemade Cornhole

Sew together two pieces of cloth using an old sweatshirt and fill with rice. Decorate two small paper plates with bright colors and take turns trying to make the bag land on the plates spaced far apart. If you’re playing with young children, increase the plates to three on each side and place them closer together. The first person (or team) that gets 10 points wins!

The family that plays together, stays together. As parents, it’s up to us how your child will remember this time. By playing games together, you’re building fond memories instead of being distracted by fear or sitting in front of a TV night after night. And who knows, the habits you’re building now might turn into habits once life returns to normal. For more tips and our latest updates, check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn!

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