40 Healthy Activities to Do Indoors

by Melissa Chichester

During times when you find yourself spending more time indoors than usual, it is important to maintain health and wellness with activity. That doesn’t just mean exercise; it also means flexing your cognitive muscles to maintain a positive outlook. Staying active indoors also helps to lessen stress and support immune health. 


Many people prefer to exercise at the gym or outside, but when that isn’t an option, there are plenty of options to get in a workout at home.

Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins that naturally act as mood elevators.

Plus, exercise is essential for heart, cardiovascular, and immune health. 

Here is a quick and easy workout you can do in 20 minutes or less:

  • Jog in place for one minute
  • 20 pushups 
  • 30 situps
  • 40 squats 
  • 20 lunges
  • 20-second plank 

The great thing about this workout is that you can customize it to your ability. If you can’t do something, customize it to your athletic level! 

Online video sharing is another vast resource for indoor workouts. There are workouts available for seniors, serious athletes, kids, and for all ages and abilities. There are even wheelchair workouts available online. You can find yoga routines, pilates, HIIT workouts, and upper and lower body workouts. And if you think you need fancy equipment, enter “no equipment” in your keyword search phrase. 

Mood-boosting activities 

Just as it is important to exercise the body, it is also important to exercise the mind. This includes participating in activities that simply improve your mood. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will give you some ideas on how to flex your mental muscle. 

  • Build puzzles
  • Crochet, knit, or cross-stitch 
  • Channel your inner artist by drawing or painting
  • Tackle your “to-read” list 
  • Do a crossword puzzle or word search
  • Play a board game
  • Learn a new card game 
  • Learn a language with an app, online video sharing lesson, or digital library book 
  • Cook or bake a new recipe
  • Take a free online class or tutorial
  • Virtually visit places you want to go or have been to through online video tours
  • Redecorate a room or space
  • Shop your closet for something you forgot about, and repurpose it
  • Have an afternoon tea, and break out the good china
  • Video chat with a friend or family member
  • Have a popcorn and movie day
  • Write and mail a letter of appreciation 
  • Make a wishlist on e-commerce or informational platforms
  • Write a story, poem, or start your book 
  • Teach your dog a new trick 
  • Host a virtual dinner party with online video conferencing
  • Host a game night with online video conferencing 
  • Play a video game
  • Create a family recipe book
  • “Camp” indoors and pitch the tent in the living room
  • Make jewelry 
  • Have a holiday party with your family, no matter what time of year it is
  • Throw a family costume party 
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Plan and start a podcast
  • Start your own online video sharing channel
  • Write down a “happy list”
  • Build sculptures with toy blocks
  • Learn calligraphy or hand lettering 
  • Invent your own board game 
  • Play charades
  • Indoor treasure hunt 
  • Mini golf down the hallway
  • Give yourself a manicure and pedicure

What are your favorite activities to do indoors? Let us know in the comments!