Keeping Your Kids Moving During The Winter Blues

A Healthier Michigan

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Winter is how many months long in Michigan? Too many to count – so  here is the perfect read to learn how your kids can overcome the cold temperatures. The snow days seem to be never ending and your kid’s energy seems to have no place to be exerted so they sit on the couch watching Netflix. While this keeps them out of trouble, there is nothing healthy about the situation.

Sure, we are in the stressful holiday season with a lot of time spent traveling and eating dessert at family parties. There are ways, however, to keep your kids active and healthy during the winter “blues”. Here are a few easy ways to work exercise and fun -yes, I said fun- into the winter months.

  1. Find a place to go skiing and snowboarding. If your kids are adventure seekers, search up your nearest skiing and snowboarding resort. Save time and space in the car, and rent the equipment there. If this is something the kids end up loving, you can always buy season passes-which saves you a ton of money in the end! You can also look up what places offer lessons!
  2. Get involved in the community recreational center. Joining a gym or a league is the easiest way to stay out of the frigid cold. The kids can choose to run some laps in the pool, participate in pick-up basketball games, or spend an hour over sweaty equipment (unfortunately, there is still the cold walk to the vehicle and back).
  3. Create a Family Bootcamp. Spend some fun, quality time with your kids by setting up work-out stations for the kids in the basement (or whatever room you choose). Whether this is learning cool yoga poses, crunches or wrestling matches, this is a way for the family to stay moving and bond.
  4. Shake Your Booty. Show the kids you still have some moves. Turn off the lights, get glow sticks, flashlights and play some music that can’t help but get the kids off the couch and groovin’ to the beats!
  5. Go Ice Skating or Roller Blading. This can be a new skill for people to learn at any age. The kids can race around the rink while breaking a sweat! This also focuses on the ability for the body to balance. You might even have a frozen pond in the back yard, so get a broom and start sweeping off that snow (that’s a workout right there)!

It is so important to make sure our kids are staying active, regardless of the season. Let’s take advantage of our winter months, and get creative with ways to have our kids staying healthy and active!

So, how are you going to get your kids moving as the snow is falling? Tell us by leaving a comment.

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