7 ways to be an active family this winter

Freezing temperatures, snow, ice and gray skies make it hard to want to do anything except snuggle up on the couch, watch movies and drink hot cocoa. But hibernating until spring isn’t the best way to stay healthy during the winter.

Freezing temperatures, snow, ice and gray skies make it hard to want to do anything except snuggle up on the couch, watch movies and drink hot cocoa. But hibernating until spring isn’t the best way to stay healthy during the winter.

No matter the time of year, being active is an essential part of staying healthy. But have no fear — we’ve created a list of seven fun activities to get your family moving this winter.

1 – Head to the mall. Not to shop, but to walk. If you have younger children, research the malls in your area and see which ones have a children’s play area. Grab a friend to go with you and take turns watching the kids and walking the mall. Your kids will get their activity in and so will you. If you have older children, encourage them to walk two or three loops at the mall with you. Not only will you get 30 to 60 minutes of activity in, but you’ll also create a good time for fostering communication.

2 – Snow day? Head outside to play! Shoveling snow, making snow angels, building snowmen and sledding are all good ways to get your daily activity in and have fun. Just be sure to layer up, including warm socks, leggings, hats, mittens and a face covering. Go inside for a break every 15 to 20 minutes to avoid frostbite.

3 – Go to the gym. Research local gyms in your area to find out if they offer special pricing at the beginning of the year and for families. Find out what activities are available for kids to make sure they’re also active while you’re getting in your workout.

4 – Enjoy not-so-cold days outside. Put on your jacket, hat and gloves  and head to the park, go on a walk or take a bike ride around your neighborhood. By setting up a routine for getting active as a family, you’re more likely to continue the activity once the temperatures begin to warm up.

5 – Play “snow ball.” If you’re not into building snowmen on your snow days, get outside and host a family or neighborhood game of snow soccer, baseball or football. Just remember to bundle up with layers and take a break every 20 minutes to prevent frostbite.

6 – Go ice skating. Does your community  have a public ice skating rink? In Louisville, there are several indoor and outdoor rinks to choose from. If you’re heading to an outdoor rink, make sure you’re layered up to help prevent frostbite.

7 – Go on a winter hike. On sunny winter days when temperatures are moderate, head to your local state park for a hike in the woods. Take some snow pictures or try to identify animal tracks in the snow. Just remember: wear your coats, hats, warm socks, boots and gloves.


Does your family 5-2-1-0? 

To stay healthy and fit, children and adults should follow the 5-2-1-0 guidelines every day: 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of television time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages. Get more tips on ways to help your family be active together from the Kohl’s Cares High 5 Program. 


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