It’s 15 degrees out, there’s snow on the ground and the last thing you want to do is go outside. Who wouldn’t want to stay wrapped up on the couch, under a blanket with a movie on television? That’s all well and good, but when you have kids in the house, it’s important to find ways to keep them active.
Whether it’s a day to day thing, or something to do on snow days, keeping your kids active and healthy throughout the winter months can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.
- Winter sports. While it may not be an option for everyone, skiing and snowboarding are great winter activities that help your kids active. You can get out and participate, or hang out in the lodge, but it’s a great day activity. If skiing or snowboarding are out of the question, taking your kids to a local sledding hill is a great alternative. You’ll all get a great work out climbing back up the hill, and a great thrill from sledding down it.
- Indoor sports. If your kids are already into a spot—like basketball, baseball, soccer, etc., there’s likely an indoor, intramural version in your community for the winter months. With a little bit of research, you’ll be able to find something to keep your kids interested. Even extracurriculars like swimming, karate, gymnastics, dance and more are great indoor options for kids who want to keep active.
- Build a “fit fort.” Everyone loves an indoor fort party, right? Step it up a notch by making it into an obstacle course. Encourage your kids to climb, crawl and jump their way through.
- Activate your games. Video games are bad, right? Not always. With the emergence of active video games (think of platforms like the Wii) you can get your kids up and moving, while they have fun playing a video game.
- Dance party. This is self-explanatory, but who wouldn’t want to Shake it Off to Taylor Swift on a cold winter’s day? Put on some good music and dance it out with your kids.
And if all else fails, get them in their snow clothes, throw them outside and lock the door. Okay that’s a joke, but some of my favorite winter memories are of being outside until my hands were numb, building snow forts and making snow angels. Sometimes, simplicity is the best answer.
What are your tips and tricks for keeping your kids active during colder months?