Staying Active in the Winter

 

Baby, it’s cold outside! But don’t let the cooler temperatures stop you from staying active. Those who stay active in the winter experience a boost in their immune system, which helps fight off seasonal illness like the colds, the flu, and ear infections. Staying active year-round also helps to prevent weight gain and aches/pains that are associated with sedentary behavior.

If you exercise outdoors, you will reduce your chances of getting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Being outside helps reduce depression and boosts feel good endorphins. Both of which helps to reduce risk for SAD.

Having an outlet for expending energy is especially important for teens and children. Providing ideas and opportunities to be active will help prevent hearing those dreaded two words: “I’m bored”. Some ideas may be easier to cultivate interest than others (e.g. sleigh riding vs. shoveling snow).

Below is a list of ideas for the whole family.

Outside Opportunities

  • Sledding/snow tubing
  • Building a snowman
  • Snowball fight
  • Building an igloo
  • Ice skating
  • Shovel the driveway

Inside Opportunities

  • Soccer
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Laser tag
  • Hide and go seek
  • Power walking at the mall
  • House cleaning

Whether you choose to venture outside or stay indoors, there’s plenty of opportunities to stay active when it’s cold outside. Fitting in physical activity year-round can help reduce depression, maintain a healthy weight, boost immunity, and improve sleep, to name few. 

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