The winter weather doesn’t have to turn your kids into couch potatoes. Here are some ways to keep your kids safely active in winter weather.
- Kids can enjoy biking, walking, skating, or free unstructured play in cold weather just as in warm weather. If they tend to spend winter weekends in front of the TV, adults can set an example by getting out with the kids.
- Keep track of the time. Kids need at least an hour a day of active play, but it doesn’t all have to be at the same time. If you’re out with your kids, get them home before their teeth start chattering. If they go out on their own, make sure they know when to come back in. Give kids a watch or text them so they’re not outside too long.
- Make sure your kids are dressed for the weather. Wool insulates well, but cotton gets chilly fast, especially if it gets wet. Dress kids in layers and try to have a down or wool outer layer on cold days. Microfiber is a good alternative if you want to avoid animal fibers.
- Hats, gloves, leggings, and scarves help keep kids warmer longer.
- If it’s too cold to get out, encourage active play indoors. You don’t wan’t basketball games in the house, but Hula Hoops, dancing, hopscotch, or movement-based video games are all good indoor options.
- When you’re inside, turn on music instead of the TV. Studies have shown that kids and adults move more and sit less when there is music on in the house.
- Head for a gym, skating rink, indoor heated pool, or other indoor recreation area. In Northwest Arkansas, there are options for all ages and all budgets.
Not only is it better for your kids’ health to get some movement every day, but it’s good for your health to join them. The whole family can benefit from better digestion, better sleep, better moods, and some happy memories.