Get On Your Feet this Spring!
By Dr. Bruce Theall
March 22, 2013
Category: Exercise
Tags: children   running   family activities   feet   ankles  


Warmer weather is on its way! After being cooped up all winter, it’s time for you and your family to get outside and burn off some energy. Getting on your feet and participating in outdoor activities doesn’t just keep you and your family healthy, it also gives you a chance to bond!

Playing tag and chase is a great way to stretch your legs, and for the children in your family (and you) to beat those winter blues. You could also organize relays or races. Activities for children that involve running, jumping or hopping get their hearts pumping and adrenaline rushing in a way that only outdoor activities can accomplish!

Try organizing a potato sack race using sacks, pillowcases or laundry bags. Have one person at a time put both feet into the sack, hop around a marker, come back, then tag the next person on the team so that they can start hopping! The first team to have every player complete the race is the winner.

If you’re looking to do something with less running, pick up some sidewalk chalk from your local grocery or pharmacy. Encourage your kids to create masterpieces of their own on your driveway or sidewalk. Make sure to take a few pictures before the spring showers wash it all away!

Participating in outdoor activities can really take a toll on your feet and ankles. Make sure you and your children have the proper footwear and are monitoring your feet.  If an injury does occur, call Gentle Touch Foot Care at (973) 673-FOOT to schedule an appointment with Drs. Theall and Sam, or visit our website

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