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Getting Family Exercise In The Winter

Interesting Ways to Help Your Kids Exercise in Winter
It’s cold and dark outside.  You come home with the kids and all you want to do is snuggle on the couch.

Snuggling in winter may be fun (and I’m not going to say you shouldn’t snuggle) but your kids need something more.  In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), kids need at least 1 hour of physical activity—every day.  And depending on your children’s school program and sports activities, they may not even get close.

There are many benefits.  Exercise helps kids feel less stressed, have higher self-esteem, focus at school, sleep better and maintain a healthy weight.  You’ve probably noticed that parenting children who get enough exercise is also easier than parenting those who don’t.

Winter is a time for yin activities.  It’s healthy to be introspective and quiet.  However, children need physical activity—even in the winter. But on a cold, dark day, how do you get your kids to exercise?

Indoor Exercise
The first strategy is to get physical activity at home. Young children may enjoy creative home exercise.  Try playing “rock, paper, scissors” with your legs.  Do sun salutations together.  See who can walk upstairs backward the fastest.

When you spend time at home, keep moving.  Take breaks every hour and do jumping jacks.  Play exercise workout games, like Dance Dance Revolution.  Do push-ups, sit-ups and squats.    Use commercial breaks to challenge each other to a dance contest.  Even jump-roping is a good exercise option.

Outdoor Exercise
The winter is full of outdoor exercise for kids.  Walking the dog is two birds with one stone.  If you are in an area where it snows, have kids assist in shoveling snow.  Of course sledding, skiing and snowball fights are a few more options.  In warmer climates you may be able to still go on a family bike ride.  Ice skating at a rink is always a great way to get moving too.

When you enjoy an activity that doesn’t require a lot of physical exertion, think of ways to make it vigorous. For example, walking to the cafe for hot chocolate instead of driving.  Look for ways to build exercise into your normal activities.

Kids’ Exercise Programs
There are many exercise classes for kids.  Most cities have traditional options—sports leagues, gymnastics, dance studios or even a local YMCA. But now many cities have even more opportunities for children. There are yoga classes, Zumba, wall climbing, in-line skating, skate boarding and boot camps.  Your child can train for marathons, triathlons and other endurance events.  Some cities even have parkour gyms—a gym where kids half run and half fly, propelling themselves off the obstacles in their way.

If just reading this list of activities makes you feel exhausted, you may need an acupuncture “tune-up.”  Sometimes inactivity is more than just a reaction to the dark winter season.  If you feel lethargic, you’ll have an even harder time getting your children to move.

Give me a call and I’ll help you and your children feel ready to keep moving in the winter.

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