Family Living

Six Tips to Keep Kids Active

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When winter weather hits, it can be tough to keep kids active when they’ve been bundled up at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need an hour or more of physical activity a day.

With the following six tips, it’s easy to have children expend the energy they’ve been hoarding (really, where do they get all that energy and where can we get some!?).

Build Your Own Playground
It’s easy to transform your play area or living room into an indoor playground. Get your kids to run around the house for things to use, such as pillows, blankets, laundry baskets, etc. Turn your playground into a fort and fight off imaginary creatures or bad guys from their favorite shows!

Tag ‘Em
The game of tag or chase can safely be brought inside. Move the breakables out of the way, use caution around edges, countdown to the start time and GO!

Play Video Games
Yes – play video games. The digital gaming world isn’t just for sitting down anymore! With games out there like Just Dance, Dance Dance Revolution, Adrenalin Misfits and others, children can be more active than ever while stuck inside during a day with bad weather.

Shake It Off 
Don’t have the capabilities to play Just Dance or DDR? Get moving to the radio, online music channels, or your old albums! Turn on the tunes for a little improv dance session. Add some strobe lights, flashlights or glow sticks to amp up the fun at night.

Adventure Out
Head to the bowling alley, local gym, ice skating rink, or indoor trampoline park! There are so many classes out there, too — gymnastics, taekwondo, or yoga — to get your kids staying active.

Weather or Not
The cold can be that — just cold. If it’s a chilly day, dress your little ones with many layers and let them roam! Hopefully, there will be snow to make the traditional snowman or snow angel.