Cold temperatures and falling snow should not keep children from exercising. Kids need to remain active all year long to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of indoor and outdoor activities to help keep kids active during the winter months.
Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids
Bundle up and exercise outside. When weather conditions allow:
- Take advantage of slippery snow and ice by engaging in traditional winter activities, like ice skating or sledding.
- Take a walk in the snow. Walking through snow is much more difficult than walking on dry ground because your balance is challenged.
- Build a snowman. Stacking, rolling and decorating snow is a great way to disguise exercise for young children.
- Shovel snow. Ask older children to help clear freshly fallen snow. Shoveling snow is a great “total body exercise” – it involves the entire body.
Indoor Winter Activities for Kids
When frigid temperatures or inclement weather keep your family indoors, encourage your children to:
- Play an interactive game. Game systems, like the Nintendo Wii, have games for all ages that include movement and exercise. Not an electronic gamer? Challenge your kids to a good old-fashioned game of Twister.
- Have a dance party. Turn on some music and bop till you drop for a great cardio work out. For a fun twist, play freeze dance instead. Simply freeze in place when the music stops.
- Sign up for extracurricular activities. Try karate, gymnastics, wrestling or an exercise program, like the Fitness Program for Kids at Good Shepherd Pediatrics .
Whether you choose to play indoors or outdoors, it is important for children to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, year-round.
If your child needs help staying active or finding a physical activity that they enjoy, consider Good Shepherd Pediatrics’ Fitness Program for Kids . Call 610-778-1083 to learn more.