How to Stay Active in Cold Weather as a Family

Your kids don’t need to slouch inside the entire time during the winter months. Here are some exciting ideas to get the whole family active when it’s cold out.

  • Biking, walking, skating (in a safe area of course) or free play work great in cold weather just as much as warm weather. This is an easy way for you to get out with the kids instead of spending the weekend in front of the television.
  • An hour a day of active play is recommended for children, but you can space that out at different times. Make sure they are not outside to long to prevent dangerous illness/injury such as hypothermia and frost bite.
  • Proper dress for the cold is essential. Make sure that if cotton gets wet, it is promptly changed indoors to prevent frostbite. Layers are key. Wool insulates well. Microfibers work as well. Hats, gloves, leggings and scarves can also help reduce the cold.
  • There are many fun things to do to get the hour of activity in indoors as well. You don’t have to throw the ball in the house and break everything like a 90’s sitcom, but movement based video games, Hula Hoops, dancing to videos and Nerf Wars are excellent ways to keep the fun rolling when the temperature hurts outdoors.
  • Music is superior to TV- everybody moves more and sits less when music is playing in the background.
  • Skating rinks, basketball gyms, indoor pools and sledding hills are just a few examples of how you can get out of the house for a unique fun experience

Joining your kids will provide fun for the whole family and help make sure that everyone, including you gets their exercise in for the day!

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