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Don’t let the cold, wet, winter weather stop your kids being active, there are plenty of ways for them to keep moving.
Even if your children are not overweight it is important for them to participate in physical activity daily. Physical activity is vital for children’s physical and mental development and can pave the way to a healthier life in adulthood, reducing the risk of a number of chronic diseases.
Today I’m going to share 5 ways you can keep your kids active this winter
Find Local Indoor Facilities. Visit an indoor pool, ice skating rink, indoor inflatable play center, go bowling, play lazer tag, or go play basketball at a local gym, school, or community center.
Dance! Encourage your child to pick the music, crank it up and then dance away! March, box step, bounce, spin, shake it…it is a great way to burn calories.
Take it Outside. If there is snow where you live get the whole family outside to do some sledding, build snow forts, throw snowballs, or build a snow sculpture—anything that keeps the kids moving and having fun. If you don’t live in the snow, you can still play games like kickball, jump rope, hide & seek, or football (see my post on NFL’s Play60).
Get Cleaning. Not their favorite task, but there is always plenty to do and a great way to keep them active. Pick jobs based on age and capability: younger children can pick up toys while older kids can vacuum, sort laundry, or scrub the bathtub.
Workout Together. My kids love working out with me. I encourage them to do jumping jacks, sit-ups, and push-ups with me during commercial breaks from TV.
How are you keeping your kids active during the winter months?