Although winter is already in full freeze, it is often after Christmas that families find it difficult to motivate themselves. In January, many often find that although the excitement of Christmas still lingers, the nights – and days – are still dark and cold, meaning it can be harder than ever to get out and get some exercise during this long month. Instead it is often much easier to slow down and watch TV than to even consider getting heart rates up with exercise. But hitting activities head on and as part of a family can really help you to keep going, while also making it fun.
So how can you make sure you keep your family moving when the cold lingers but motivation is at an all-time low?
Embrace the snow
It’s not unusual for us in the UK to get snow in January, and although seen as a hindrance by some, most children love the white stuff. Encourage kids to get outside and undertake a snowy adventure once it’s safe. Whether it be for a fun-filled afternoon sledging, a short half an hour to build a snowman or a quick 10 minute run around in the garden, your kids will be out of breath in no time.
Go on an adventure
There’s seldom anything prettier than a crisp landscape laying almost untouched by frost, so why not make the most of it? Get out of your comfort zone and go on a family adventure to somewhere new. Whether it be a long afternoon stroll around a large park, a hike in the countryside or even a day trip to a new city, a change of scenery can make a big difference to the whole family – and rack up those steps!
Make the most of the winter sports
Outdoor ice-skating rinks have become inherently popular over the last few years, and for good reason. Kids and adults alike love skating round in the open and showing off their finest moves. So why not take advantage of these while they’re still around and get your skates on?
Move activities indoors
When the extreme cold sets in, it’s time to move indoors. But there are plenty of ways to keep kids active inside. Swimming is a popular choice for cold, winter days, and you can make it as fun or competitive as you wish. But kicking against the water is one of the most effective ways to build up stamina and get kids moving – without them realising. Likewise, indoor football, badminton, tennis and even activities such as trampolining are ideal for kids of all ages and all abilities.
What activities do you swear by during the winter months?