It can be difficult for anyone to stay active during the cold winter months. When the bitter winter chill makes it almost impossible to spend time outdoors, it’s easy to slip into an unhealthy, inactive routine. For parents with children, it can be especially hard to stay active as a family during this time of year. Here are a few fun ways to stay active during the winter that your child will enjoy!
Play in the Snow
Building snowmen, making snow angels and sledding down snow-covered hills can be fun for people of all ages, so bundle up and head outside for a day of wintery fun! Playing in the snow can surprisingly burn a lot of calories, and you’ll be having so much fun it won’t feel like exercise! If your child is older, consider signing them up for skiing or snowboarding lessons at your local slopes. Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are great ways to keep kids active year-round, and you’ll be able to get some quality alone time while they’re out on the slopes!
Sign Them Up For Indoor Sports
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your children have to stop playing sports! Many sports, like basketball, soccer and volleyball can be played indoors, and can be just as fun and exciting as they are outdoors. Other sports, like bowling, gymnastics, and ice skating are indoor sports by nature, so consider signing your child up for activities they have never tried before. Many local gyms and recreational centers offer sports programs, so it should be easy to find swimming lessons for kids during the winter months.
Set A Routine
It can be easy for you and your family to develop unhealthy habits during the colder months, so it’s important to set and stick to a routine that pushes you to be active throughout the day. For example, you can set a goal to wake up at a certain time each morning and go on a family walk as the sun rises. When it’s bitter and cold outside, it can be tempting to retreat back to your bed rather than brave the weather and go outside, but it is important to hold you and your family accountable for maintaining a healthy lifestyle year-round. Children should have some sort of personal routine throughout the year, and this should not stop just because it’s cold outside.
Play Around the House
On those days when it’s simply too cold to go outside, get creative and make use of what you have laying around the house! One fun way to keep your child active on snow days is by setting up an obstacle course in the living room. Things like sheets, pillows and couch cushions make great obstacle course additions, and playing like this will help you work up a sweat in no time! If you have a finished basement, set up a playroom with things like jump rope, hopscotch, and other games that foster physical activity, so that your child can do all of the things they would do outside even during the colder months.