Move More in March

Throughout the whole of March we will be sharing all of the ideas below - short and easy exercises, dancing all the way to the bins and getting your garden prepared for Summer and lots more.

We hope these short and easy tasks will help keep you moving as we eagerly await the restrictions to be gently lifted towards the end of the month.

March 1st - Bin Day Dancing

Who said taking the bins out needed to be boring?

Next time you take a rubbish bag to the wheelie bin, or take the wheelie bin down the drive, do a little dance as you go along!

Turn a mundane task into a super fun task!

March 2nd - Play Twister

When was the last time you had a family game of twister?

Its a fun game and very active - and can give you all a workout without even realising it.

If you don't have a copy of the game, you could paint spots on an old sheet (and this would be another fun activity!)

March 3rd - Up & Down the stairs

To give yourself a fresh burst of energy and exercise, run or jog up and down the stairs 5 times.

If you don't hae any stairs then you could walk/jog around the house or garden instead!

March 4th - Chase Butterflies

Chasing butterflies is fun and you could also try and identify them at the same time.

There are lots of different ones fluttering about at this time of year.

March 5th - Walk to the local shop

If you're able to, why not take a walk to the local shop instead of taking the car?

The fresh air and getting out the house will do you the world of good.

March 6th - Have a home-school awards evening

Show the kids just how proud you are of their home-school efforts and organise a home-school awards evening!

Mums, Dads and Carers - you all deserve an award too!

Check out our certifcate templates below, which you can print off.

You could have awards for anything you like - make it fun and get them excited about going back to School on Monday.

March 7th - Try a new cycling route

If you haen't been out on your bike for a while then now is the perfect time now that the weather is warming up.

Try a new route by visiting our Stay Safe & Ride page here which is updated on a regular basis.

March 8th - Wash the car

When was the last time you washed the car?

Washing the car is a great work out if you give it a really good clean!

March 9th - Have a kitchen disco

Grab your radio or Alexa on and have a Kitchen Disco!

Prepare some healthy snacks and really make a night of it!

March 10th - Pull up some weeds

The weeds keep growing and they will keep on appearing until you dig them up.

Doing some gardening is the perfect mini work-out and it will give you the boost you need to get your garden looking perfect for summer.

March 11th - Play hide and seek

It's a classic that never grows old.

Get the kids (and grown-ups) active in the house and garden with a game of hide and seek - why not make it a challenge that whoever wins gets to pick what you have for tea?

March 12th - Do a 10 minute work out

10 minute workout:

  • Rocket jumps: 2 sets of 15 to 24 repetitions (reps)

    For rocket jumps, stand with your feet hip-width apart, legs bent and hands on your thighs.

    Jump up, driving your hands straight above your head and extending your entire body. Land softly, reposition your feet and repeat.

    For more of a challenge, start in a lower squat position and hold a weight or a bottle of water in both hands at the centre of your chest.

    • Recovery: walk or jog on the spot for 15 to 45 seconds.
  • Star jumps or squats: 2 sets of 15 to 24 reps

    To do a star jump, stand tall with your arms by your side and knees slightly bent.

    Jump up, extending your arms and legs out into a star shape in the air.

    Land softly, with your knees together and hands by your side.

    Keep your abs tight and back straight during the exercise.

  • Squats

    As a less energetic alternative, do some squats. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands down by your sides or stretched out in front for extra balance.

    Lower yourself by bending your knees until they're nearly at a right angle, with your thighs parallel to the floor.

    Keep your back straight and don't let your knees extend over your toes.

    • Recovery: walk or jog on the spot for 15 to 45 seconds.
  • Tap backs: 2 sets of 15 to 24 reps

    To start tap backs, step your right leg back and swing both arms forward, then repeat with the opposite leg in a continuous rhythmic movement.

    Look forward and keep your hips and shoulders facing forward. Don't let your front knee extend over your toes as you step back.

    For more of a challenge, switch legs by jumping (also known as spotty dog), remembering to keep the knees soft as you land. Your back heel needs to be off the floor at all times.

    • Recovery: walk or jog on the spot for 15 to 45 seconds.
  • Burpees: 2 sets of 15 to 24 reps

    To do a burpee from a standing position (1), drop into a squat with your hands on the ground (2). 

    Kick your feet back into a push-up position (3). Jump your feet back into a squat (4) and jump up with your arms extending overhead (5).

    For an easier burpee, don't kick out into the push-up position and stand up instead of jumping.

    Now cool down with this 5-minute stretch routine.

March 13th - Dance in the Shower

Dance like nobody is watching ... becuase they aren't!

Whilst in the shower, get a playslit on your phone and have a good dance to your favourite pop songs!

You will feel so fresh and energised afterwards!

March 14th - Perform for Mum!

It's Mother's Day so why don't you get the kids to put on a performance for Mum.

It could be a play, a puppet show, a dance or a talent show - make sure Mum has a nice drink and some snacks and let her sit back and enjoy the show.

March 15th - Chase Bubbles

Check out our Fresh Air Is Free - Bubble Fun page for lots of games and ideas on how you can use bubbles to get the kids active.

March 16th - Plant Seeds

Planting is lots of fun for both adults and children - let the kids have their own section of the garden and see what they can grow.

We update our Planting Seeds page on a regular basis with up to date planting information for each month/season so make sure you have a look on there.

March 17th - Play with your pet

Playing with your dog, cat or even your rabbit is great exercise for them as well as you.

We have a few ideas for this on our Fresh Air is Free Pet Page to give you some inspiration.

March 18th - Do 5 x Star Jumps

Exactly what it says on the tin - do 5 x star jumps!

You can do them anywhere you like - just make sure you have enough space!

March 19th - Jump in puddles

Get out your wellies and go for a walk and look for some not-too-deep puddles to have a good splash in!

Wear old clothes in case you get muddy. The kids will love being able to get dirty.

March 20th - Baked Bean Workout

Have a look in your food cupboard and do a little fitness workout using tins of beans and soup as weights.

We also have weekly zoom classes doing a 30 minute routine like this if you wanted to give it a try.

Our classes can be found here,

March 21st - Have a lego contest

EVERYONE loves lego so tip it out, think if a theme, and have a lego contest in the front room (or even in the garden if you have a flat patio).

Theme ideas:

  • Doncaster
  • Vehicles
  • Sports
  • Famous Buildings
  • Houses
  • Airports

Send us your photo's if you build the Dome or any of our other venues! We would love to see them.

March 22nd - Birds & Butterflies

How many different birds and butterflies can you spot in your garden or on you walk?

If you want some advice on tempting the birds to visit we have some great feeding advice here.

You could even make some bird feeders as an extra activity.

March 23rd - Try a new walk

We all have a favourite walk that we could walk with out eyes closed (not recommended!) but why don't you try a new one?

We have a variety of walk ides over on our Walk-Jog-Run page here.

Make sure you download the WHAT 3 WORDS app before you go on a walk or cycle ride - it's the app we hope we never need.

March 24th - Make & fly a paper plane

Making the plane is one activity and get the kids creative juices flowing - they could decorate it and colour it in to make it truly unique.

We have provided some paper plane templates here for you to make and fly.

Once you hae made your planes, find a nice open space either in your garden or a local park and see which plane flies the furthest.

Chasing them to collect them is great exercise.

March 25th - Feed the ducks

Ducks are always hungry and kids of all ages love to feed them.

If you want to know what to take with you to feed them with we have some great tips here with advice from the RSPB.

They advise that although bread is better than nothing, there are lots of other foods that are much better for their health.

Dry oats are nice and cheap and are a perfect alternative.

March 26th - Dance making the dinner

If it is your turn to cook dinner and you want to liven it up a bit and make it more fun, then slap on some funky tunes and dance as you cook.

The kids might even join in too!

March 27th - Work from the garden

If you work from home and you fancy a change of scenery then why don't you move your workspace to the garden?

(Weather permitting of course).

Even if its not red hot you could pile on the layers and wear a scarf and sit and do some emails for an hour and you will be amazed at how refresing it feels.

March 28th - Wash your bike

We often think to wash our cars on a dry sunny day but how often do you wash your bikes?

We have got a great video over on our YouTube channel - our Cycle Health Officer Chris talks us through how he washes his bike after a muddy ride.

March 29th - Have a BBQ

All being well, if the lockdown easing roadmap plays out as it should, we are now allowed to mix with up to six people, or two different households in an outdoor space.

So if you have friends or family that you have missed being able to socialise with, you can now invite them round for a BBQ (if the weather is good enough of course).

Remember it is still the rule of six, or 2 households, do not invite more than this - let's keep to the rules at all times.

March 30th - Find 3 things on your walk

When you go out on a little walk today, set yourself and your family a challenge to spot 3 things.

The first person to spot all 3 wins.

Here is a list of ideas you could choose from for your 3 things:

  • a butterfly
  • a bee
  • a sparrow
  • an owl
  • a white flower
  • a yellow flower
  • a daffodil
  • a daisy
  • a heart shaped leaf
  • a 4 leaf clover
  • a beetle
  • a ladybird
  • a worm
  • a red door
  • a silver car
  • a blue bike

There are lots more things you could think of, and it will also depend on the walk you choose - you won't see many silver cars in the woods so make it relevant to your walk.

March 31st - Camp out in the garden

If the weather is good enough and it is nice and dry why don't you camp out?

If you dont fancy camping out on a school night, you could put the tents up to play in after school and leave them up for the weekend and do it then.