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How To Help Your Kids Stay Active This Winter

When the weather turns cold, it can be a challenge to keep the family moving. In a time where people want to feel cozier and the world feels like it moves a bit slower, curling up on the couch may sound better than getting the family moving; however, increased activity levels are important for your health and wellbeing. Not to mention getting your children to burn off energy is an essential element of any parent’s day and sanity. If you want your children to be more active this season and less stagnant, here are a few must-try ideas and suggestions.

Family Outings

Whether you go on a walk or out on an exploratory adventure, you need to get out of the house. It is much easier to stay active when you don’t have the comfort of your couch calling to you. Bundle everyone up and venture outside of your home. Consider going for a walk on a local nature trail, visiting a playground for the kids to run around on or exploring something local and new. Most importantly, make sure that you have what you need to keep up with your kiddos. To do that, you may want to do some research to find out what is thrive. You will certainly need the energy to keep up.

Winter Sports and Activities

For the family who wants to enjoy a more high-energy experience, you need to take the kids out to enjoy some cold-weather activities. Whether you teach them winter sports like skiing, ice skating or snowboarding or enjoy cold-weather activities like snowball fights and building snowmen, you need to take advantage of the winter wonderland ahead. While you will want to make sure that everyone has ample layers and plenty of waterproof options, this is a great way to burn off energy and stay active all season long.

Bubbles

Not all snow sets you up to build snowmen or ski. If the weather is less conducive for snow sports and activities, it may be time to grab the bubbles. There is an extra special layer of fun to chasing bubbles when you are walking around a winter wonderland. The sheer joy and exhilaration that your children will experience in this snowy setting is a sure-fire way to bring back joyful nostalgia and a boost of energy.

Obstacle Courses

A great way to engage your child’s body and mind is through obstacle courses. Not only does it require some strategy, but it also requires motor skills. Not to mention that it also can be great fun. Whether you build an indoor obstacle course when the weather is bad or bundle everyone up for a snowy outdoor experience, obstacle courses can be a great way to get everyone moving and active.

Impromptu Dance Parties

You can get everyone moving, even on the coldest and most inclement weather days. For the family that just likes to groove, an indoor dance party is a must. Put on your favorite soundtracks and get the family up and dancing. The sillier the movements, the better. Don’t be afraid to shake off all of the sillies and let your kids experience the joy of movement.

Exercise Classes

If you typically exercise from your living room, this is a great option for your kids. You may be surprised to find out that there are plenty of activities that your child can join. Child safe activities like dance classes, yoga, bodyweight-based workouts and cardiovascular exercises, can be a lot of fun to do together. Whether you use online archives of classes or attend online virtual exercise classes at home, there are plenty of ways to get your child engaged in your exercises. There is no reason why you cannot combine your exercise and their physical activity to make your day’s to-do list a little bit easier.

When the weather turns colder, it can be difficult to come up with ways to keep the family active. While you may need to be creative, there is a whole world of possibilities out there for you. Don’t let your kiddos get stuck inside and stagnant when a little creativity and planning can go a long way.

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