Winter Wonderland Fun
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...or so some say. There are mixed feelings about
the winter time, and many use the cold, slippery weather as an excuse to curl up under a blanket and watch TV. While this is fun occasionally, decreasing level of physical activity during the winter months can be detrimental to ourselves and our children. Below are a few ways for the entire family to stay active during the cold, winter months.
Play in the snow: The snow can be lots of fun for all ages. Children can practice a variety of developmental skills, such as throwing snowballs. Children can also increase strength while doing heavy work by pushing snow to make a snowman. Walking can be a challenging activity in the snow because of the balance required to take steps on a more unstable surface. Going sledding is also lots of fun. The kids will get a workout in when walking up the hill several times with the reward of flying down the hill. When everyone gets tired, laying down and making snow angels can be cool too.
Go to an indoor pool: Local YMCAs, recreation centers, and hotels have indoor pools.
Many of them allow walk-ins for a small fee. Pools are great for all ages and abilities. Kids can swim, jump and float in an exciting environment. See our website for a blog on “Playing in the Pool” for fun and therapeutic water activities.
Join your local recreation center: Often times, recreation centers have specials around the beginning of the year. Recreation centers have lots of programs for kids and adults to increase their level of fitness and health. This can be a great Christmas present for the whole family. The Washington Township Recreation Center is also starting adaptive, all-inclusive programs to allow those of all abilities to participate in fun games.
Play at indoor play areas: Many malls, including the Dayton mall and the Fairfield Commons have indoor play areas. In addition, some churches also have play areas, including Fairhaven Church.
Go mall walking: During the day, and especially in the morning, malls are usually less busy. The mall is a great place to walk and get those steps in for the day. For those who may use a walker or a gait trainer, the mall can provide a wider area with long hallways that can allow your child to practice walking. For adults, malls are large and can allow for an interesting 30-60 minute walk to increase cardiovascular fitness.
Walk around museums or aquariums: Exploring museums, such as the Boonshoft Museum, or going to the Newport Aquarium can provide children with a way to get out of the house and walk around while learning.
The winter months do not have to be a time to be lazy. Get out and enjoy the winter weather and explore all of the things the area has to offer! At Synergy, we promote year-long and lifelong physical activity to keep the entire family active and healthy.