Lately, it seems as though we’ll never escape the winter. While the days are getting longer and there is some snow, ice and slush on the ground, you can do to stay positive and keep active.
Whether it’s a free activity or playing at home, get the temperature rising with one of these fun winter activities.
Get the Family Together for a Day on the Ice and Snow
If there’s anything Champions for Life loves more than reinforcing the importance of physical literacy, it’s promoting the importance of having fun and being active as a family. So what better way to spend time being active with your family than embracing Canada’s most popular season: Winter.
Winter in Canada is often classified as being between the months of December and March. While it can be unreasonably frigid outside during those months, we’re also blessed with the opportunity to ice skate outdoors. So, not only will you benefit from skating, which is known to improve joint flexibility, cardio, endurance and build leg muscles.
Of course, as the snow and ice begin to melt there are still plenty of other activities to promote healthy living.
- Take your children out for a winter hike to improve their locomotion skills.
- The snow might be melting, but it’s also the perfect consistency for snowball target practice! Not only will it be a fun, family outing, but your children will improve their throwing and accuracy.
- Go out for a fun-filled day of tobogganing and sliding. These activities are great ways to promote crawling, rolling, and balancing.
- Don’t be intimidated by snow, go out there and play sports like soccer and football! These activities are perfect for improving a number of skills, such as running, kicking, throwing, catching, and passing.
Snow Sculpting: Backyards and Parks
Snow comes in many textures and as the days are getting longer, it tends to get more wet and granular. Like sand on a beach, you can build castles, forts, and different sculptures. Add some ‘flavour’ to your designs by spraying some food colouring on your creations. You’ll be surprised how much exercise you will get while playing with your children in this way.
Building snow forts is a simple, yet creative way to keep your children entertained and active. They’ll be exerting energy, working their cardio and building muscle by shovelling, digging, and climbing. Not to mention, it can be a wonderful opportunity for parents to connect and engage with their children.
So grab those shovels and find some space! This is a fun way to hit the recommended 60 minutes of exercise per day, while teaching your children about healthy living during the difficult winter months.
Break a Sweat… at Home!
Of course, if you do choose to stay indoors, it doesn’t mean you have to be sedentary. There are many quick and fun at-home activities you can do with your children in order to stay warm on a cold Winter’s day. These exercises require no weights and relatively simple movements.
All you need to do is clear up a little space and let your imagination run wild.
- Balancing on one leg: First and foremost, this will help children improve their balance, but it also targets other muscles that can help improve skating, bicycling, acrobatics, and hopscotch.
- Jumping: This is a simple, yet effective way to build leg muscles and improve a child’s balancing skills.
- Hopping on one leg: Similar to jumping, this activity will strengthen leg muscles, but it will also improve coordination and balance. Make sure to give equal time for both legs!
- Rolling a ball: Learning to roll a ball is a fundamental skill for every child, in fact, it’s important to learn this skill before learning how to throw.
These are just a few of the many activities, and exercises you can accomplish indoors with your children. For more information on their benefits, and other activity ideas, consult our skills cards here.