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ENCOURAGE ACTIVITY: Some things to have your kids do to be active

Updated: Mar 18, 2022

We all know, there are places, where winters can seem to last forever. It can be a challenge to get our children active but there are several things to get them off the couch and active. It is just as important, if not more, to encourage physical activity in the winter. Lack of daily physical activity, combined with poor eating habits, can lead to being overweight.

Although the CDC, in a recent report, said the US child #obesity rates are dropping, the rates are still alarming. An important aspect of curbing this problem is encouraging our children to be physically active and to eat healthy foods year-round.

Following is a list of fun outdoor and indoor winter activities to encourage your children to stay active.

Moreover, many parks and recreation centers have planned winter activities for area youth.

Another important thing to remember in the winter is hydration. We all think about drinking enough water in the hot summer sun but it is just as important in the winter to keep our bodies, in the dry cold of winter, hydrated to perform properly.

Oftentimes side effects of being dehydrated can mirror flu #symptoms, so it is incredibly important to stay hydrated.

Challenge your children to drink at least half their body weight in ounces a day.

For example, my son weighs 90 pounds so I encourage him to drink 45 ounces a day.

Here is a list of fun outdoor activities:

  • Snowboarding

  • Skiing

  • Ice Skating

  • Build a #snowman

  • Make a snow fort

  • Sledding

Here is a list of fun indoor activities:

  • Kids Yoga

  • Wii sports games

  • Build an indoor obstacle course

  • Indoor scavenger hunt

  • Dance party

  • Circuit with jumping jacks, sit-ups, and push-ups


Kim Neir is the executive Director of Conquest Health and Fitness Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit

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