Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. It’s pretty impossible to discuss a healthy lifestyle without discussing both, physical activity and eating healthy. It has been recommended that kids get at least 1 hour of physical activity everyday, but that can be tricky during the cold winter months when they’re cooped up inside. Here are a few tips on what physical activity includes and how to help your kiddos and family achieve their goal of 1 hour each day.
Physical activity encompasses any movement of the body that expends energy. This includes walking, running, biking, playing on a playground, hiking, participating in athletics, etc. Exercise is basically organized and deliberate physical activity. You’re kids don’t necessarily have to be exercising in order to reap the benefits of physical activity.
Here’s a few ways to encourage physical activity during the upcoming colder months:
Roughhousing: Or wrestling or whatever you want to call it can be a great physical activity for you and your kids. Chase them around the house. Wrestle them to the floor, and be sure to end with a good round of tickling!
Go Shopping: Take your kids to the mall and let them help with Christmas shopping. Walk through the halls, in the stores, and take the stairs instead of the escalator. If you’re kiddos are anything like mine, you’ll end up running after them at least once! Great physical activity for both of you!
Clean House: Spring cleaning doesn’t have to wait till spring, get your kids moving and cleaning during the winter as well. Vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping are all great ways to keep your kids moving for a few minutes.
Get Outside: Even though it’s cold, there are plenty of ways to fit in exercise outside. Bundle up and go play in the snow. Have a snowball fight, make snow angels, and go sledding. Have them help you shovel the driveway, better yet encourage service to others and shovel the neighbor’s driveway as well. There’s also skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, all are great forms of physical activity. Bonus points if you get outside and play with them!
Staying active year round is so important for your sprout’s health (and probably happiness). What are your favorite ways to stay active during the winter?!