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Hopscotching for Fitness

You can create your own hopscotch grid with chalk, but dedicated, painted hopscotch areas make it easy to jump right into exercise.

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When's the last time you stepped on a line or missed a square? If you can't remember the last time you lost your balance on the hopscotch court, consider jumping back to this popular childhood playground game.

Hopscotching is bone-strengthening exercise. As you hop along the grid, you are lifting your own body weight against gravity, and that kind of physical activity helps build and strengthen bone. You also give your leg muscles and your core a workout -- and hopscotching is also a great way to practice balancing, which will help reduce your risk of falling as you age (a common cause of injury among seniors).

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