Three Ways to Make Sure Children Get Enough Exercise in the Winter Months
The cold winter months can be a little bit of a challenge when it comes to staying active and ensuring that children get enough exercise. With a little creativity and forward planning, however, they offer the perfect opportunity to try out new things or reinvent old favourites.
Here we look at three ways to make sure children get enough exercise in the winter months.
Indoor Skate Parks
Skating and scooting is always a winner with children and although it may be best practiced in dry, warm weather, the winter needn’t put an end to the fun. Indoor skate parks offer the perfect opportunity for children who love skateboards, scooters and rollerblades to get some exercise whatever the weather.
Supervised and warm, skate parks often offer a superior environment for tricks, spills and thrills to their outdoor equivalents. Plus, they more often than not, have a café where parents can grab some mineral water while the children are practicing their “ollie”.
Swimming is an important life skill and a lot of fun. It is also one of the best forms of aerobic exercise you can partake in. Swimming during the winter, at a warm indoor swimming pool, offers a relaxing and healthy way to spend quality time together as a family. A real treat would involve visiting a complex that has a pool, waterslides and maybe a spa area – parents can tag team swimming with the children and taking time in a rejuvenating sauna or steam room.
Afterwards, avoid the vending machines and have a healthy snack, maybe carrot sticks, to ward off the post swim hunger pangs.
Wrap up in warm clothing and there is nothing better than a winter walk in the countryside. Take in the fresh air, experience mother nature and discuss the surrounding landscape – the flora, the fauna and the wildlife. Taking a walk outdoors offers families the chance to talk, to see new places and for younger children, to get their boots muddy.
For added value, take the children to a place where they can do some forging. Gathering some berries or nuts can be fun and once you arrive home can make for another great experience – preparing and eating the fruits of your labour.
The winter months are part of the rich tapestry of the world we live in and making the most of them, equates to making the most of life.