Stay Active As A Family In Winter Months

Our mild Texas winters sure give us something to smile about; relatively dry, no snow, and sunshine almost all the time. Still, colder weather tends to keep us indoors more often, leading to a lack of exercise and all of the associated health problems.

You can keep your family active and ensure you get enough exercise to be healthy with these tips from your friends at Miller Funeral Services and Cremation Society of Texas!

Fitness First

Studies show that active kids are raised by active parents. So, make it a family goal to move more, together. The American Heart Association suggests a weekly goal of 150 minutes, but it doesn’t have to be all at once. In fact, it may be better to spread that activity throughout the week. 

And you don’t have to join a gym or spend a lot of money to stay active as a family. In fact, some of the simplest ideas can strike a chord with kids and parents alike.

Stay Active As A Family

Here are some ideas for how to stay active as a family, even in the winter months. 

Just dance. Clear some space, put on some music, and make it a family dance party. Let each person take a turn as DJ so everyone’s favorites get some play. Dancing can re-energize a lazy Sunday, game night, or a study session.

Go to the garden. Even in winter, the garden needs attention. Rake, trim, or replace container plants. Tending the earth can be active and restorative. If you don’t have a yard, not to worry. Check out your local community garden and prepare your garden bed for the spring planting. 

After school fun. Join your kids for a bike ride, take a hike in nature, or shoot some baskets together before tackling homework and chores. You’ll all feel better and think more clearly after some outdoor time. 

Put the screens on hold. Instead of heading for the screens after dinner, make that family activity time. Draw together, play a game, practice a sport, or take a walk. 

A gentle workout. Try mindful movement like yoga, tai chi, or qigong. Gentle mind body exercises can reduce stress and can be practiced just about anywhere.

A dog’s life. A dog can be a wonderful way to encourage more activity with your family. Dogs need to walk every day, so make time for a family dog walk. If you don't have one of your own, volunteer at the local animal shelter where there are plenty of dogs who would love a walk with your family. 

An evening out. Make a list of fun and active things to do together, such as mini golf, bowling, indoor rock climbing, or even walking the mall. The possibilities are endless! 

Get active for a cause. Active events like the Heart Walk are a great way to give back to your community as a family while staying active. Team in Training even helps you with your fitness training as you prepare for an event. 

Make chores fun. Even family chores can get everyone up off the couch. Make chore cards and let everyone pick one each day. Unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, cleaning up after dinner, walking the dog, and folding laundry are all ways to stay active as a family while getting the chores done.

Getting Away From It All

Many people take a winter vacation this time of year. If this is in your plans, don’t leave the activity at home. Throw a jump rope or resistance band in your suitcase. Take advantage of all the outdoor activities in the area you visit - whether beach combing or skiing together. 

Whatever you choose, make sure you find activities that fit your personality. The more you do what you love, the easier it will be to stick with your fitness and activity goals. Talk to your family about what each person likes to do, and try out everyone’s ideas. 

In no time, you’ll be on track to stay active as a family, and that’s good for everyone. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us

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