Winter weather is in full swing now, so if a family still wants to integrate movement and exercise into their everyday lives, there are plenty of fun games and exercises that can be done right in your living room. Try some of these ‘Beat the winter blues’ games that promise to make everyone tired and laughing after attempting just a handful of them. During those freezing cold winter months when you aren’t able to get outside and it’s hard to muster up the motivation to get out and be active, it can seem nearly impossible to get any exercise in. Activity levels fall to one step above couch potato and we often wonder where the excess weight is coming from. However, not all is lost. You do still have a chance to maintain some form of activity even when the snow is falling and temps are ridiculously low.
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Exercise while gaming: If your kids love video games, why not incorporate some physical activity at the same time? Although it’s probably not as beneficial as outdoor play, the latest gaming systems offer some great, family-friendly options to get everybody moving. And it can be done from the warmth of your living room. The following manufacturers have physical activity games: Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation Move, and Nintendo Wii.
Bowling, tennis, Wii Fit, and Wii Sports are a few games that will not only get your whole family laughing but also keep everyone active while the snow blows outside.
Fun exercise videos:
- Gonoodle.com has a lot of fun kid-focused games that are all about moving your body and being silly at the same time. A kid’s dream!
- Head over to gaia.com and do a yoga video with your kids.
Join the circus: The winter season is the perfect time to move your exercise routine indoors and start practicing some of your favorite circus tricks. Spinning a hula hoop, juggling or jumping rope are all fun and easy activities for you to try indoors. All the laughter is sure to beat the winter blues away!
Here are a few others to rev your engine:
- Climbing stairs
- Doing jumping jacks
- Doing “band” strengthening and stretching exercises
Indoor obstacle course: Use your furniture and everyday items around the house to create a fun, unique obstacle course that you all can enjoy. Make it an event the whole family gets involved in, and time how long it takes each person to complete it. The winner gets a prize or gets to choose how the next course will be set up. Use your imagination and be as creative as you want.
DANCE PARTY!!!: This may be the one and only time that you don’t yell at the kids to turn the music down. Blast some tunes as loud as you want and make room for a dance floor in the living room. Your whole family will enjoy showing off their moves and will get a workout while they are at it. Step it up a level and have each person create their own unique dance that they perform in front of the whole family.
Indoor bowling : Turn a hallway into a bowling alley with a few simple steps. Empty water bottles or toilet paper rolls make great pins, and any ball will do. You can use socks balled up, too! Keep score and see who is the bowling champion. Or you can always check Amazon prime now and get this bowling set in a couple of hours!
Indoor snowball fight: You’re never too old for a snowball fight! Sometimes it is just too cold to do the real thing. Give each person have a basket or a container full of big white pom poms.
Scavenger hunt – This is a perfect indoor activity to keep the kids busy. It’s a great way to be creative, keep the imaginative juices flowing and keep their bodies moving. Hide a variety of items all through the house and leave clues that the kids have to follow to find them. Whoever finds all items gets to choose a prize or decide what movie the family will watch together next. Print out the scavenger hunt and get going!
Winter “Spring clean” up: Winter is the perfect time to do your so-called “spring” cleaning. For most people, maintaining a clean home is important. With the increased inside time you will have during the winter months, you can work on getting rid of clutter in your home. Use your “snow” days to minimize and clean clean clean! You’ll be so happy you did and you won’t waste any of that beautiful outside time cleaning indoors come spring. Give your house a deep clean to get rid of all the dust and dirt that’s been collecting over the winter. Cleaning and purging is also a great workout! Especially if you really get down and dirty, cleaning behind and under furniture. Now that the holidays are behind us, why not go through and organize all your holiday stuff so you know exactly where they are when it’s time to bring them out again. Doing a bit of “spring cleaning” in winter can be very beneficial and will allow you to get more organized for the warmer days ahead. If you’re already cooped up inside, why not make the most of it?
Layer up and go for a walk- the best thing to do is layer up and go for a family walk to soak up those natural vitamin d vibes from the sun. Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little time outdoors. It will not only ward off those winter doldrums but can rev your energy levels, boost metabolism and improve your mood! Stay warm!
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We know it is cold and gross outside but that doesn’t mean you have to give up all forms of exercise. But for now, it’s still bitterly cold here and those winter blues are hanging around every corner! In the meantime, these ideas will help you manage the kids who will be able to burn off their energy and have some fun, too! If you are stuck inside there are many creative ways to stay active indoors and moreover make many family memories to cherish.
Do you have a fun way to stay active indoors in the Winter? Please comment and share!