1) Take a Walk! Weather permitting, you can use the time before or after dinner to get up and get outside. Research shows that walking can help improve cognitive function, strengthen your heart and even lift your mood!
2) Football anyone? I know it evokes a scene from Wedding Crashers, but a game of touch-football is an awesome way to burn some calories and have some fun!
3) Volunteer- If you have a few hours in the morning, go out and volunteer at a nearby soup kitchen or another charitable organization. I have been working with God's Love We Deliver for the past few months preparing nutritious meals for those too ill to leave their homes. They are always looking for folks to deliver those meals across the five boroughs!
4) Go Ice Skating! Find a nearby ice skating rink and lace up those skates. Admission is FREE to Bryant Park's rink, you can rent a pair of skates for $15, and they're open till midnight Thursday-Saturday, so you can even take some time to digest before you hit the ice.
5) Play a game or build a jigsaw puzzle. This might be a better way to involve the older members of your family. They may not be able to get up to take a walk or play a sport, but playing a board game or building a jigsaw puzzle is a great way to get that food off the table and interact with each other. Try the classics like Monopoly, Scattergories, or Candyland (if you're with the kiddies) or even a game of Charades!
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