Today’s sponsored post from our partner Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center features Natalie Cooks, MA Kinesiology and Medical Exercise Specialist/Trainer and Health Coach at Saint Mary’s Center for Health & Fitness. Natalie is wife to Roosevelt and mom to two boys, Trey (9) and Kane (7). She’s sharing fantastic fitness ideas to keep the whole family moving in the winter!
Cold weather and shorter days make it very difficult to fit exercise into my daily routine. During the spring, summer and fall, I faithfully walk the dogs (and the kids) after work, but now that it’s dark by the time I pull into the driveway I no longer have that option. Coming up with alternative activities that don’t rely on good weather and sunlight can be tricky. Here are a few ideas I came up with for my husband, two boys, and me to do that keep us active during the winter months.
- Ice skating: There are rinks in Truckee and Tahoe. Don’t forget the camera!
- Skiing and snowboarding: Resorts typically have great deals for locals on weekdays.
- Snow shoeing: Rentals are as low as $20/day.
- Roller skating: Wednesday cheap skate night for $3 – can’t beat that!
- Bowling: You can even dance while you bowl for an added bonus.
- Museums: If you can’t get outside for a walk, why not get one inside and learn something new while you’re at it?
- Indoor sports: Not just for the kids, but for parents too. Soccer, basketball, wrestling, even swimming – or try out Hockey.
- Wii & Xbox Kinect: Who knew video games could be such a great workout?
- Gym: Find one that the kids enjoy as much as you do. My boys love the Kids In Motion staff at our facility and look forward to going every time! They have even tried the Kids Yoga class that’s offered every Monday afternoon.
Most importantly, take advantage of the nice weather when it does occur. Fight the urge to hibernate and instead bundle up and head outdoors for a walk, bike ride, hike, or snow sledding.
Staying active during the winter months may take a little extra effort, but will help you fight the “winter blues,” increase your energy and keep you fit year round. Who knows, you may even have a little fun while you’re at it!
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