Q: How do I keep my kids active in cold weather?
A: As we sink further into winter and the weather continues to keep us
chilly, it can be difficult to find ways to keep our kids active. According
to Stanley Henjum, MD, cardiologist at Marshall Medical Center, exercise
is good for the heart in a number of ways. “It reduces the chance
of major cardiac events (heart attack and sudden cardiac death), improves
insomnia and depression and reduces risk for osteoporosis and fractures
later in life. Here are a few fun ideas for physical activity when it’s
too cold to go outside:
- Put on music and have a dance party.
- Play games requiring movement. Simon Says and Charades require no special
equipment, or budget allowing, you can hook up a Wii or Xbox Kinect.
- Set up an obstacle course using furniture, cushions and pillows.
- Create a hopscotch pattern on the floor using masking tape.
- For older kids, set up an indoor basketball hoop, set up an area for weights,
or install a pull-up bar.
If you and/or your family start to get cabin fever, you can also go bowling,
or take a walk inside the mall. Some local gyms also have play areas for
them to enjoy while you get in a quick workout.