This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Winter is an especially easy time to start feeling cooped up, unmotivated, and suffer from energy withdrawals. Cold weather keeps us indoors more, the days get darker quicker, and the holidays wear us out. We’ve had frigid temps and ice in Iowa recently, which prevented a lot of outdoor fun. Now that it’s above freezing, I’m thinking about all the ways families can stay active this winter.
Even the simple things, because small lifestyle changes can make a big impact. I feel better when my kids are active, smiling, and overall just happy in the moment. I may have grumbled a bit in my head as I bundled up the twins and I for snow angels and snow ball fights in the yard, but you know what? Everyone one of us felt a million times better and walked in the house with smiles on our faces afterwards. So, even my mind wants to grumble, I’m going to remind myself off all these ways we can be active outside this winter, and the memories it will create in the long-term.
Ways Families Can Stay Active this Winter
Sledding, ice skating, skiing, building a family snowman, snowball fights, and snow fort building. Those are all great ways families can stay active outdoors this winter. Well, if you have enough snow in the area that is. We finally had good snow for snowmen and snowballs the other day and the kids loved it!
If you don’t have snow in the area, bundle up for a neighborhood stroll, or walk home from school on seasonably warm days. You could even play I Spy along the way, one of the twins favorite games. When I was a kid, we also walked a few blocks to our grandparent’s home. We’d sip cocoa and play cards before heading back home. Physical activity and a little bonding time with gram and gramps, the perfect combo.
If you are looking for warmer ways families can stay active this winter, take it indoors! A walk around the local mall, running up and down your own stairs, or head to your local Boys & Girls Clubs of America and enjoy the activities and resources they offer. Have you been BGCA before? My son was just telling me over winter break that he wants to go to our local Boys & Girls Club. We’ve been to donate items, but never used any of the resources or programs they offer, like Triple Play.
Triple Play is BGCA’s leading comprehensive health and wellness program that serves young people at Boys & Girls Clubs. Through this program, children and teens are given the tools and awareness necessary to put them on the path to a great future. It’s not just about a well-balanced diet and physical activity for the mind and body, Triple Play is also about the soul. Connecting them to their communities, having them accept their own and others’ differences, and realizing even the smallest lifestyle change makes a lasting impact.
Thanks to support from the Anthem Amerigroup Foundation and Coca-Cola, it’s possible for Boys & Girls Clubs around the country to operate Triple Play and help parents do that. You can learn More at BGCA.org