Cold winter months can make it difficult for you and your family to get outside and stay active. With three small children, I know firsthand how daunting winter weather can appear. Instead of spending the time cooped up inside, snacking, and watching television, consider these fun indoor activities for the whole family. Parents can help encourage children to stay active and spend some quality time together as a family at the same time!
Once you’re out of elementary school, you probably said good-bye to jumping jacks and never looked back. But jumping jacks are a great way to get your entire body moving. Challenge children to see who can do the most in two minutes, who can get to fifty first, or who can go the longest amount of time without stopping!
While children are often adept at manipulating the hula hoop, adults often lose the range of motion required to keep the hoop going around and around. Pull out a hula hoop for everyone in the family and get your hips moving! Encourage children to spin their hula hoop on their arms or legs, too, to get the full body involved in the activity.
My daughters absolutely love when my husband and I put popular dance music on and we can all start dancing. Though it might seem silly at first, dancing with your children is a great way to stay active indoors during the winter months. So crank up the tunes and bust a move with your kids.
Gyms often set up circuit training stations for busy individuals who want to maximize their workout in a minimal amount of time. Consider setting up a mini-circuit at your home. Create 3-5 centers geared towards different muscle groups, and rotate through them together as a family. Leg lifts, squats, crunches, push-ups, and jogging in place are all simple activities that don’t require additional materials, and you can set a kitchen timer to keep you moving quickly through the stations.
Family Education suggests keeping children active by recreating animal movements. See who’s better at standing like a flamingo, or who can do it for the longest. Set up a race where children and parents have to hop like a frog to the finish line. Consider crab walks and turkey trots, all with the simple goal of getting the kids active.
Family Education; Walk Like the Animals; http://fun.familyeducation.com/dance/activity/40327.html?detoured=1