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AHS Wellness News: Winter Fun for Everyone

 

Keeping kids active in winter

Snow, ice, cold and fog are just a few of the natural elements we experience when autumn turns to winter. Although winter provides us with a great excuse to cozy up inside and stay warm, this isn’t always the healthiest choice. Children often experience a variety of distractions on a daily basis and the frosty winter weather is yet another obstacle to getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity. In order to overcome the cold, sometimes we all need a little extra motivation! Here are some tips and helpful hints on how to get the whole family outside and active this winter:

·         Get the whole family involved by building snow angels, or, if you’re really feeling ambitious, create your own look-alike snowperson family.

·         Try making the snow into your own work of art by creating snow castles, mazes, or snow sculptures.

·         Take a slide on the wild side and go tobogganing (find a safe hill and remember your winter sports helmet).

·         Play snow-pitch, a traditional game of slow pitch isn’t just for summer anymore! Try playing a game in your local diamond out in the snow, for a fun twist on this great family pastime.

·         Create a more challenging game of hopscotch in the snow by using food coloring.

·         Don’t forget snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Even if you don’t own equipment, these items can generally be rented at a variety of outdoor activity centres and parks.

·         Gear up with a helmet and safety gear and head to your local outdoor rink for a skate or a game of hockey.

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