It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t need to keep everyone inside. Put on those mittens, pull on those warm winter socks and get outside! Get your heart racing, and your muscles moving, and enjoy some family friendly wintertime fitness activities. Have an awesome time with your family. The kids will love you for it!
When the temperatures plummet, you may hope to roast chestnuts by the fire, but there is plenty of fun to be had when you wrap up in that scarf and pull on those mittens and get a breath of fresh air.
It is easy to pack on a few pounds during the winter months. Keeping active will help us to avoid that from happening, and what better way than with some family friendly wintertime fitness activities like the ones listed below.
Have a Snowman Building Contest
If you are fortunate enough to live in a climate where there is snow on the ground, you can have a snowman building contest.
You can judge your snowmen by different criteria. Who can build the tallest? Who can build one the quickest? Which one looks the nicest? And then where there is competition, there may also be the temptation to try to knock each other’s snowman down!
Bringing your snowman to life will give you a full body workout. It will tire out the kids while you burn some extra calories.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is a challenging sport. It is great cardiovascular exercise. You do not have gravity working with you like you do in downhill skiing. You must use your own momentum to travel forward.
However, those who live in Scandinavian countries and do a lot of cross-country skiing are thought to have a stronger cardiovascular system because of the exercise they get by cross country skiing.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
This is one of the most thrilling family friendly activities in this list. Downhill skiing and snowboarding brings an excitement like nothing else.
Kids as young as 3 years old can learn to ski or snowboard. You are using the muscles in your lower and upper body as you maneuver your way down the mountainside. You will improve your muscular and heart health with this sport.
You will need a bit of practice to pick up this sport. If you are bringing a toddler with you, they will need to be toted on your back. Another option to transport your child is in a sled. Many parents choose to attach a sled to their waist and pull their child through the snow.
Start your snowshoeing experience on level terrain. Don’t expect to travel too far, as you learn the sport, and do it in mild weather! You can rent snowshoes to try out the sport before investing in the equipment for yourself.
Family Friendly Fitness Activities Nearby
You don’t need snow to go ice skating. If it is not cold enough to freeze the pond, you can find an ice-skating rink. And if that is not available, a roller-skating rink will do.
Take advantage of a gym if you have one nearby. Play a family game of basketball if there is a court available. A father and son team can have a personal trainer show them how to use the weight room.
You could go visit an indoor swimming pool. If they have a hot tub, all the better. A hot tub is a good way to chase those winter chills away. Dry off well before going outside in the cold winter air.
Fun Fitness Activities for Families
Tobogganing, sledding, and snow-tubing are all similar in nature. You need a hill. With a snow-tube it is quite difficult to steer the thing. Parents will get a good workout if they have young children in tow who need help getting back up the hill.
Play soccer in the snow. This puts an entirely new twist on the game. You may get a few more giggles and a lot more exercise.
What Are Some Fun Fitness Activities to Do?
Some outside activities to do in the wintertime can be to build a snow fort. It may be necessary to shovel the snow into a heap and form the fort from there.
Running, squatting, and lunging that are done while having a snowball battle will get you winded. Just expect to get some cold snow down your neck. The rule should be that snowballs are not aimed at the face.
Make snow angels in the snow.
What are Some Fun Things to Do in Winter?
You could play some board games as a family. Games teach children to work together as a team. Invite some friends over and pop some pop corn.
If you have young children, they may enjoy “beach sand” made from 8 parts whole wheat flour to 1 part cooking oil. Whisk together until most of the clumps are gone, and voile!
You just made some sand! Now add a small plastic shovel and some shells and beach toys. The “sand” should last for a long while to be used over and over again.
Family Fun Activities
Take a hike. Look for neat things in nature. Take your camera along and look for wildlife. Look for tracks in the snow or bird nests in the trees. Find other places that the animals habitat.
Before Christmas you could take a walking tour to look at all the Christmas lights in your neighborhood.
After Christmas you could go star gazing and find the different constellations and planets that make up our solar system.
While not an active scenario, our family would often visit the library when the children were small and borrow books. We were lucky to have a very family friendly library with lots of kids’ activities.
What are Some Indoor Family Fitness Activities?
If you are at home, you could pull some DVDs off the shelf and try some exercise. I love my Leslie Sansone and Miranda Esmond White DVDs and use them frequently.
It feels good to do some stretching exercises with Miranda. She takes a gentle approach, yet you still can feel the effects of a good workout the next day.
In this day of technology, there are video games that can get the whole family up and exercising. It tones muscles, improves coordination, improves mobility and flexibility, and helps concentration and focus.
After a Busy Day Outside in the Cold…
It is time to come inside and warm up. Some hot chocolate and marshmallows would be the first thing on the menu. And a cookie or two would also be a welcome treat!
What are Some Easy Dinners to Try this Winter?
- Garlic Toast Pizzas
- Hearty Chicken Stew with Biscuits
- Oven Roast Lemon Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
- Baked Potato and Pepper Sausage
- Chicken and Broccoli Stir fry
- If you have a left-over ham bone, crock-pot pea soup could be put on early in the day and be ready when you were ready for supper in the evening.
When it is cold outside, and we think of roasting chestnuts inside, just put on those mitts and that jacket and go outside for some fresh air and exercise.
There are many ways the family can learn fitness, and the best way is if they see it as an example at home. So, play along with the kids. Go outside and be active yourself.
When mom and dad are active together as a family, all the better! Family friendly wintertime fitness activities not only teaches fitness but also teaches valuable everyday skills necessary to succeed in life.
What the Mind Believes, the Body Achieves
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I would love to hear from you. There are those of you who live in a warmer winter climate. What do you do to stay active and find fitness during the winter months?
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