As the chilly winter temperatures start rolling in, it’s important for kids to stay active during every season, even when it’s cold outside. Children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How can you make sure your child is getting enough exercise during the cooler winter months? Here are some tips and ideas:
The great outdoors
Don’t let the cold air keep your family cooped up at home. Bundle up in warm clothes and get outside. Build a leaf pile, create an obstacle course, go for a walk or hike, or play timeless games like tag or follow the leader. If there’s snow on the ground, try activities like sledding, skiing, snowboarding or ice skating – just make sure your child always wears a helmet.
Indoor play spaces
You can still get out of the house when it’s too cold to play outside by visiting an indoor playground, hockey rink, community center, gymnasium, rock climbing center, roller-skating rink, trampoline park or indoor pool.
Fun and games
Playing games around your home like hide-and-seek, building forts and even cleaning the house can get kids up and moving while staying inside. You can also suggest playing board games that involve physical activity, like charades. Video games that involve moving your body instead of your thumbs can also be a great workout for the whole family. Try a dancing game on an interactive console like the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, Xbox Kinect or PlayStation Move.
Speaking of dancing, turn on some music for an old fashioned dance party! Create a fun playlist or just tune in to your family’s favorite music television channel or radio station. Dancing is a fun way to burn calories and relieve stress.
Activity apps and videos
Another creative way to get kids active is by downloading activity apps on your smartphone or tablet. Some examples include Move Like Me and Kids Yoga Journey. A simple YouTube search will also provide you with thousands of workout videos for your kids to try.