Ideas To Get Your Kids Exercising During The Holidays
With the holidays on the horizon, heavy meals, extra helpings and sweet treats are bound to make even some of the most energetic kids less inclined to move around. Throw in busy schedules and colder temperatures--it can seem almost impossible to find time to be active. Here are 5 ideas to get your kids exercising during the holidays.
Never Too Old
No one's ever too old to play in the snow. Rather than sitting indoors all day, have the little ones (and not-so-little ones) bundle up and join you in a good, old-fashioned snowball fight. Of course, if throwing snowballs isn't your thing, you could also build a snowman, go sledding or try ice skating. Outdoor activities are a fun and sneaky way to get the heart pumping. You can also try out different outdoor winter games such as Capture the Snow Flag or Rope Tow if you need more variety.
Short races and fun runs for all ages and fitness levels are often held over the holidays. Why not make an event out of it and sign up the entire family for a turkey trot or santa dash? You might even get to wear a fun or silly costume for the occasion. Invite friends and family to join you or plan a meal together afterwards. Who knows, the annual run could turn into a new family tradition.
Take A Walk
If you're looking for something low-impact, bundle up and take a walk around the neighborhood after a heavy meal and enjoy the holiday decorations. You could also get creative and explore nearby nature trails. Even a walk around the mall while running errands is a great way to get in some steps. Whatever path you choose, your kids will stay active and engaged.
Not A Chore
Need some help getting your house ready? Have your kiddos help rearrange that dining room furniture. Since the point is to keep everyone in the household moving, assisting with chores can certainly burn calories. From sweeping the floor to shoveling the driveway or carrying groceries and laundry, it's easy to incorporate movement into what might seem like an everyday task. With the extra set of hands, not only do you get your house tidied sooner, but it also leaves more time for other holiday festivities.
Minute To Win It
Staying indoors is inevitable, but it doesn't mean your kids need to adopt sedentary habits to pass the time. Rather than resorting to electronic devices for entertainment, set up a family fun night with a series of Minute to Win It games. Using household items, a timer and a few holiday-themed prizes, you can play games such as "Keep it Up", where the kids have to blow a feather across the room into a bucket. It's a fun activity for all ages that keeps everyone moving.