The holidays are filled with family, friends, food, and fun. We celebrate our time together and welcome home those we haven’t seen in a long time. This is the time of year for celebration…and eating! Oh how we love the food at the holidays. That brings me to the point of my post. Weight gain in the winter months. I’m sure that this has happened to most of you. We sit down at our feasts and gorge until we feel like we’re going to burst. Then, when January rolls around we wonder why our jeans…that fit fine a month ago…are now too tight. The same goes for our kids. We need to do what we can to fight the winter weight gain. Kids and parents alike stay holed up inside because of the gross weather and the cold. But there are so many fun things you can do as a family to enjoy the cold and the snow. Sledding, sking, snowboarding, ice skating, and hockey just to name a few. Enjoying the snow helps fight cabin fever the kids will no doubt suffer from, and it keeps parents sane. Keeping active in the winter will keep you and your kids happy and healthy. Here are some links with outdoor fun ideas.
I’m not poking fun at indoor activities. Let’s be honest…some days it’s just too cold to go outside. Sub-zero temps are not uncommon in Indiana. There are also some fun indoor activities you and your family can do together. If you have a gaming console at home, many of them offer motion focused games. The Nintendo Wii offers the most, but Xbox and Playstation offer a few as well. At our house we have all 3 consoles. I have found that my kids and I like Wii Just Dance. They are fun, fast paced, and keep your heart pumping. Nothing like a little cardio to keep the heart healthy! Wii also offeres Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. My oldest loves the boxing and the karate. My mom likes the balance games. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here is a link from PCMag that talks about the difference between the 3 consoles. Use this to make the best choice for you and your family.
Whichever you choose, just remember its better to stay active. Get your kids involved and have fun with it. That way, come spring, your whole family will be ready when the snow and ice melts to hop back on that playground equipment and have some fun!