It can be tough to stay active when the weather gets colder and conditions become less optimal for your normal outdoor activities. But it’s still possible for kids to keep up their recommended 60 minutes of movement every day, even in the colder months! We’ve compiled some tips and resources to help keep kids active this winter.
Active SWV resources for indoor activities
- Try this indoor scavenger hunt challenge
- Active Bingo with a whole bunch of different exercises
- a follow-along movement and mindfulness video from certified Pilates Instructor Angie Corwin
- Some breathing exercises and yoga poses to practice mindfulness
- Weekly workout cards designed by Community Captain Kate Miller, MEd in Health and Physical Education, ATC, B.S. Athletic Training/Health Promotion and Education.
- Alphabetical fitness challenge to switch it up and try something different
- an Ab challenge to target the stomach muscles and get strong for running or other sports
- Different games and activities from americancoachingacademy.com – designed for social distancing
While staying in and being active is a great option, of course there is a ton of potential for fun activities you can do outside as well, even in cold and/or wet conditions. There’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’ – it’s all about perspective! If you’re properly prepared and have a plan, you can be successful outdoors in the rain, shine, clouds, snow, or anything in between.
This article from Backyard Pantry gives some tips on how to prepare your kids for winter. it recommends reaching kids what to expect from winter weather, finding some new outdoor winter hobbies appropriate for the weather, and making sure you have the right clothes to feel ready to be outside.
Winter doesn’t always mean just cold weather – sometime it’s also wet and rainy. This article from REI goes over rainy weather gear and clothing you might need, as well as hazards to be aware of.
Here are some resources that can help you figure out where to go and what to do once you’re prepared to brave the weather.
- stroller friendly trails, in case someone in your crew has wheels. You can count on these trails to be more accessible and easier for people with different abilities.
- Disc golf resources, often located in parks or other wide open spaces. This way there are options for other things to do if disc golf isn’t for everyone.
- Trail resources for Raleigh, Summers, Nicholas, Fayette Kanawha, and Boone counties. Try a new trail!
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