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Winter is long where I live. Long. Snow and cold weather lingers from as early as October to possibly March. A long winter can translate into long days inside which leads to restlessness, more television, boredom, eating and more pounds…for the entire family. To help make the winter more active and healthy I have begun to employ some new tactics that help everyone watch less television, eat better and get some activity.
Winter sports and activities can be the cure. I don’t like winter and I don’t like cold or snow but it’s where I live and the other months are gorgeous.
I’m trying to embrace the season with a more positive attitude. With a snowy winter there are many healthy active sports that the children and I can enjoy. They get us out of the house and mean physical activity.
1. Skiing, for example, is what I have started my son in. We live in between two ski resorts, making this an easy sport to begin. I did not say inexpensive. Ebay, Craigslist, Ski swaps and garage sales can make the sport much more affordable. If you live near a resort ask if they have programs for children or offer free lessons at discounted rates during the week.
2. Ice Skating and Hockey. Many towns have indoor and outdoor skating rinks, lessons and skate rental. Buying used skates and equipment can make this a very affordable sport or activity. When children get older, that’s a different story!
3. Cooking as a Family! Yes, spending time in the kitchen making our snacks and meals. We spend more time away from the television, more time talking and we eat healthier.
4. Indoor Obstacle Course. Yes, jump on the pillows, run in the house and get silly. Just use some caution but breaking your own rules every once in awhile, it won’t hurt anyone! Plus, you’ll have some good laughs, the heart will start racing and everyone will be unplugged.
5. Recycling Crafts. When we can’t be outside it’s time to use the toilet paper rolls. Get out the paints and make some robots, binoculars, castles or marble mazes. See my recent post on budget free kid entertainment or Eco-friendly kid crafts.
Read the rest of the ideas for healthy winter activities on Green and Clean Mom.