With colder weather driving you inside this holiday season, getting active may seem out of the question. However, daily physical activity is essential for good health… for more reasons than one. It can strengthen your immune system, so you’re less likely to get sick during the colder months. It can help you maintain a healthy weight too, and it can even help reduce anxiety and depression.
So don’t give physical activity the cold shoulder this winter. Brrring on the holiday family fun with these 7 healthy, totally free winter family activities.
Ready to tackle some fitness? Play a game of touch football! Get the whole family involved, and invite friends and neighbors too. You’ll be passing, catching, running and scoring plenty of physical activity. Be sure to hydrate with plenty of healthy, refreshing water too.
Holiday lights are up, and they’re shining brighter than Rudolph’s nose. Instead of driving around to see them, hoof it around the neighborhood… it’s a holly, jolly way for your entire family to get 60 minutes of movement.
Play in the Snow
When the snowflakes fall this winter, hop up and get outside! Build a snowman or a snow fort, or find a hill and go sledding. By getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day, your family’s health will snowball into a brighter, happier future.
If it’s cold out, move in! Warm up this winter by turning up some music and dancing. Put your right foot in, take your right foot out, start a conga line or twist and shout. Just be sure your kids move for at least 60 minutes each day.
Small talk while you mall walk! If the weather outside is frightful, taking a stroll around the mall is a delightful way to get 30 minutes of activity. Shop by—err stop by—a mall near you and get walkin’ today!
Rearrange the Furniture
Liven up your living room for an easy indoor exercise. Have your kids move end tables and chairs, and help them find a new space for the couch. Rearranging is an easy way to work your muscles, and it can bring new life to your home. Plus, it’s a chance to finally clean underneath all those heavy items.
Indoor Obstacle Course
While you’re rearranging the furniture, set up an obstacle course! Line up a row of chairs for your kids to crawl under and couch cushions to jump on, or tape yarn in between hallways and have them ninja their way through! It’s a fun idea to keep the whole family’s health on course!