When wintertime rolls around, it can be difficult for your kids to remain active while indoors. With temperatures set to be lower than usual this winter, it’s helpful to know how to keep kids active inside. Plus, it’s helpful for summer months as well, since it’s often too hot to go outside.
4 ways kids can be active while indoors this winter (and all seasons)
To help remedy the situation, you should be keeping your kids active while indoors with these lovely tips below.
Have a Dance Session
When your children’s energy is wound up tight, turn up the music and let them shake it out. Dancing is a great way to help reduce excess energy in the body while having some fun in the process. Apart from the regular breaking it down, you can add in some rules to make dancing an entertaining game for your kids.
Try freeze dancing where the chosen DJ gets to stop the music whenever they feel like it. All dancers must freeze in place until the music starts again. Dance sessions help kids warm up during colder months.
When the weather is so hot you wish you were at the beach, some Crab Walking should help. Have kids keep their hands and feet on the ground, while having their stomach face up towards the sky. Have your kids get in the crab walk position and make it a fun game to get the whole way around the house without quitting. To spice things up a little more, have them try and balance objects on their stomach, like a bean bag or book, while doing their crab walks.
Usually parents reserve ball play for outside, right? However, if you substitute the ball with allows you to bring those fun sports indoors. Instead of using a volleyball or baseball, opt for blowing up a balloon. A balloon is a safe toy that will prevent harsh damage to the items in your home. But it will still allow for lots of movement from your children as they chase the balloon. Make sure to turn down the heater when doing exercise—many homes keep their interiors too warm during the winter. Look into residential ac installation to keep your kids from getting too hot and sweaty when they’re moving around.
If you’re not in the creative mindset one day, simply revert to the Wii Fit. Your kiddos can enjoy doing some bowling, tennis, hockey, or baseball. Make sure the remotes are properly secured to their hands, or you could end up damaging your home.
Keeping you active throughout the year requires some creativity and commitment. While being outside is a go-to for many parents, cold winter days and scorching hot summer days can put a damper on your plan. For those days, you should opt for activities like the ones above.
About the Writer: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan