Take a good look at your kids. Do they seem a little chubbier than they were before the holidays? Are their eyes glazed over from watching too much TV? If so, it may be time for a healthy change. Make it your New Year’s resolution to get your kids off the couch and moving again this winter! Here are a few easy ways to have fun with your little ones and get creative while staying fit.
Make it a Challenge
Children need about 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, for at least four days a week. That’s a lot of time, especially on days when it’s too cold to send your kids to the park. Get creative and bring the fun and excitement right into your living room or basement. Challenge your kids to competitive board games that will bring up their energy level. This is especially good for teens. There are also many active video games such as Wii Sports and Just Dance.
Sweeten the Deal
Most kids would not be excited about going for a walk on a cold day, but what if there were a great incentive at the end? For example, take them on a walk to get some hot chocolate or to their favourite place for lunch. Encourage them to invite a friend and before they know it, they’ll be up on their feet. You can also give them incentives to get moving when the snow falls. Shoveling driveways is a great way to make some extra cash!
Mix It Up
For a change of scene, try taking your kids to a local community centre once or twice a week. Sign up for fun activities that they would enjoy. You can take advantage of pay-as-you-go access to indoor skating rinks, swimming pools, basketball courts and fitness space. They may also enjoy activities that are in a completely new place. Get out into the country and enjoy exploring a winter festival and just appreciating nature and the fresh air.
As you try new ways to incorporate exercise into your kids’ daily routine, be sure to join them. It’s the perfect opportunity to build lasting memories with your kids on a regular basis. You’ll be surprised to see that the more enthusiasm you have, the more they will want to get involved too!