"But Mom, It's Cold Out!" Keeping the Kids Active Throughout the Winter

Tips for Staying Active Through the ColdHere is something you may not know about me — I hate the winter!

I don’t care for snow or the bone-chilling cold and it just seems to slow everything down, make everything harder, and take much longer than things do in the summer months.

It’s easy to stay active in the summer, but it can be difficult in the winter to find the desire to go out in the cold and find something fun to do. We all know it’s important to stay active and keep busy with our kids even though it’s so much easier (and warmer) to hibernate in the cold months.

I’ve made it a goal this winter to try to be more active with the kids. I admit I am not exactly looking forward to it (and all the layers of snow gear we have to put on), but there are some easy ways we can call keep active during the winter and have fun.

Click through to read 8 ways the kids (and you) can stay active through the winter:

  • Sledding! 1 of 8
    It's fun, it's fast and exciting and can only be done in the winter. You can spend time making the perfect sled route and then spend the afternoon having so much fun all you do is laugh. You won't feel the cold or realize you're exercising.
    Calories Burned: 476/hour, according to Calorie Count
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Take Up Something New 2 of 8
    Take Up Something New
    One way I hope to embrace the winter this year is to take up something new. I have never been a fan of the winter sports, but I haven't tried them all. Learning something new is always fun.
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Build Snowmen & Snow Forts 3 of 8
    Build Snowmen & Snow Forts
    You won't even know you're exercising, but just feel like you're having fun. That's the best way for feeling active!
    Calories Burned: 272, according to Diets in Review
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Walk the Malls 4 of 8
    Walk the Malls
    If it's too cold to play outside, take to the indoors! Walking and doing some window shopping can help you keep active without realizing it.
    Calories Burned: 333, according to Diets in Review
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto
  • Take Up Skating or Skiing 5 of 8
    Take Up Skating or Skiing
    Popular winter sports like skating and skiing are great ways to spend time together as a family and keep active. I've never been good at either, but hopefully I will get better at it!
    Calories Burned: 342, according to Diets in Review
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto
  • Create a Home Gym 6 of 8
    Create a Home Gym
    My favorite idea is to create a home gym. Doing this you don't have to put on layers of warm clothes and venture out into the snow. There are family friendly and then there is no excuse when the weather is really bad.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto
  • Join a Team 7 of 8
    Join a Team
    One of the best ways to stay active is when you have so much fun it's not a chore. Join a winter sport team as a family or individually and you can build your support group and stay active.
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto
  • Go Swimming, Indoors 8 of 8
    Go Swimming, Indoors
    One of my favorite ways to stay active is through swimming and it's certainly a summer sport, typically. Utilizing indoor swimming pools will allow you to keep the same routine year round and get a temporary relief from the cold. The kids love it and it's something you can all do together.
    Calories Burned: 354, according to Nutristrategy
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto

Photo credit: adapted from iStockPhoto


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