With the Winter season upon us, it can be more challenging to find ways to stay active when all you want to do is sleep. However, here at HealthStart, we embrace this challenge as a way to get creative and find new fun and safe ways to stay active indoors and outdoors when it’s cold. So, here are some helpful and fun tips for staying active this chilly season!
Put on or sing your favorite songs and just dance! This fun activity requires no equipment, and you can do it inside or outside. Dancing is also a great way to get your heart pumping. Do it alone, or with friends and family. Either way, it’ll be hard not to be smiling after. So just put on your favorite jam, get your family, and dance to the rhythm.
You can also try a fun game with your family called the Dance Attack Game. It’s pretty simple: you dance, dance, dance until the DJ at home stops the music, then everyone has to freeze! You cannot move till you hear the music again. Take a moment to notice if your heart is beating faster. Whoever keeps dancing when the music is going and stops when it’s not there wins.
House Balloon Games
There are so many games you can play right inside your house in the cold. All you need are some balloons, and you will have a world of games to discover with your family. One of the classic games to enjoy is “Don’t Let the Balloon Touch The Ground.” It is as fun as it sounds: you throw the balloon among your friends or family, and you must never let it touch the ground. This keeps you moving and jumping to follow that balloon and throw it as hard as you can.
Another game you can play with balloons is “Balloon Blow.” Every player gets their balloon, and the trick is to blow it to the finish line. The player who gets their balloon to the finish line first wins. You need to crawl A LOT to do this, which will make your upper body and core much stronger than when you first started.
Another great balloon game is “Balloon Foot Balance.” All players should lay down on the floor with their legs up and try to balance their balloons. Watch out; it is not as easy as it sounds. This balloon game requires much concentration and will strengthen your core along the way.
Yoga is a great physical activity that requires little equipment. Doing it can benefit your muscles as well as your cardiovascular health. Yoga benefits not only your body but your mind as well. Practicing yoga can make you feel more open-minded and relaxed. Yoga also helps lymph flow throughout your body to remove germs and toxins from your body. If you want to learn some beginner Yoga moves to get your lymph flowing, you can check out our Snack Science Video and try them with us.
Active housework like sweeping or vacuuming
Doing active chores like mopping or sweeping can be an excellent way to stay active while also being productive. You can even make a game out of it, like by doing it faster or making it into a family competition. The person who finishes their chore first wins it all.
Now’s the time to go through your own bedroom, clear out your cool toys and clothes, and discover just exactly what your room holds. You can put some fun music to listen to while you go around the room. Then, you can play and see who can clear out their space first. You can even redesign your room to make it more fun.
Create a home gym
Putting together an at-home gym is a creative way to get exercise. It doesn’t have to be expensive; you can use objects like books around the house as weights . Books are good for both the brain and the body. You can also use extra mats or rugs as yoga mats. You can also use simple items to keep the fun alive. For example, you can create a “move jar” where each slip of paper tells you to move a certain way. You might need to crawl or quack like a duck. You have to do precisely what the paper says to win.
Play short games or sports
Playing shorter and fast-moving games when it’s cold outside can help you minimize your time spent in freezing temperatures and also keep you moving when it’s chilly. Some games you could play are tag, hopscotch, red light green light, and Marco polo. You could also play sports like soccer or football. Not only is this a good activity when it’s cold, but it can help bring competitive fun into family activities. Playing sports will make you warm and energetic in the cold season.
Running or Walking
Running and walking can still be enjoyable in the cold! It is just important to remember to wear layers to stay warm. Hand and ear warmers can also be helpful to wear when it gets to freezing temperatures.
A walk or run is a great way to warm up in the cold. If you are wearing good clothes, you will definitely enjoy the natural breeze and colors of winter. You can walk with your pet, siblings, friends, or family.
Bundle up and go biking
Biking is a healthy activity that is also an exciting way to explore nature or just see more
around the neighborhood. Biking in the winter can often be cold, but it can still be an enjoyable way to exercise if you bundle up in layers like coats, ear warmers, gloves, and thick clothing. You can discover and explore the neighborhood around you on your bike in a safe and fun way.
Even though staying active when it’s cold can seem to be a challenge, following some of these really easy tips can help make it more fun and inclusive for the whole family. You will definitely enjoy and appreciate the cold more when you try these options inside and outside with your loved ones.