Rainy Day Got You Down? Get Up and Discover the Many Ways You Can Stay Healthy Indoors

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine).

Although nothing beats the fresh air and sunshine of being outdoors, sometimes Mother Nature insists the earth needs a little (or a big) drink. A hike, run, bike ride or refreshing swim might be out of the question, especially where thunder and lightning are involved, but there are plenty of safe and healthy activities that can be done inside to keep the mind and body in tip-top shape.

It may take a creative thinker to squeeze in a workout with nothing but a vacuum and a toddler, but we’ve got you covered. So, next time the rain makes you reconsider your outdoor fun, consider a few of our ideas that are sure to inspire, encourage and change your attitude toward the four walls of your home.


For the brain

Try out a few of your grandma’s favorite puzzle books and brain teasers.

Explore your smartphone for brain-fueling apps, like Lumosity, Duolingo and Peak.

Play a solo card game or join others in a game that challenges the mind.

Dust off those board games like Scrabble and Cranium for a fun, creative challenge.

Read a good novel, biography or memoir.

Try your hand at structured poetry, like Haiku.

Discover the incredible benefits of meditation.


For the body

Give your house a deep cleaning, which will no doubt require some heavy lifting, squats, and a good deal of sweating.

Turn on your favorite play list and dance like no one’s watching.

If you have a two-story home, use the steps for an excellent lower body workout.

Toddlers love to be involved and they make great weights for that upper body workout.

Redesign a room by arranging furniture and search for opportunities to work out the arms and legs.

Use your smart device to connect with others through online fitness programs like Daily Burn or Crunch Live.

If you must watch your favorite TV show, walking or pacing is a great way to squeeze in a low-impact activity.

Raid the pantry and challenge yourself to create a healthy meal or dessert with just the items you have on hand.

Use the time to create a healthy meal plan, which helps cut back on impulsive eating and spending.