5 indoor activities to stay active as a family this winter
It can be harder to stay active in the winter. Here’s how to keep the family moving on cold, dreary days.
Don’t let winter drag you down! While cooler temperatures may not be motivating for outdoor activity, it’s important to get up and moving. Not only will participating in physical activity burn a few extra calories, but it can also promote family bonding and create lifelong memories. Encourage your kiddos to put down the TV remote and try one of these fun and engaging indoor activities instead:
1. Active video games (exergaming)
Thanks to video game technology such as Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii, staying active indoors just got a whole lot easier. Whether you are in search of a customized cardio workout, competitive soccer game or a casual game of bowling, exergaming provides an excellent opportunity to get those muscles working and enjoy doing so. And the best part? You and the kiddos may not even realize that you are exercising! Now that’s a bonus.
2. Structured family fitness activities
Check out your local community center/park district to discover structured fitness classes, including Zumba, kickboxing and yoga, and/or sports games that are available for both kids and adults alike. Structured fitness activities may be of interest if your family prefers routine and trying something new. Sign up for activities that appeal to you and your family and are age- and fitness level-appropriate. Unsure of whether to commit to a particular class or sport? Ask the staffs if they offer a free fitness day before doing so.
3. Dance it out
Not only is dance a unique way to stay active, but it is also a great stress reliever and promotes self-expression. Create an upbeat playlist, turn up today’s hits and get movin’! Check out YouTube to find kids’ dance fitness videos for inspiration.
4. Build an indoor obstacle course
Indoor obstacle courses can include exercise equipment (think jump ropes, light dumbbells), everyday household items or a combination of both. To get started, set up various stations such as hula-hoop jumping, spontaneous dance or bozo buckets. The possibilities are endless!
5. Unstructured family fitness activities
Going stir crazy in the house? Switch up the routine by taking the family to a local indoor facility that offers ice skating, roller blading, bowling, trampolines or swimming. Continuously looking for fun, refreshing ways to stay active indoors is key to keeping your family active during the winter months.
Lindsay MacNab, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, health nut and deep dish pizza addict from the wonderful windy city of Chicago. A 2015-2016 dietetic intern at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Lindsay was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Diet & Exercise from Iowa State University.