Winter is approaching and if you live in an area where it gets freeeeezing cold, you know to expect snow days, school delays and lots of time indoors. Yikes!
It’s not easy keeping motivated to work out or get out when it’s cold, but as I experienced this past winter, the best is to bundle up and get moving and grooving — the kids can handle it and so can you!
[This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 en español and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.]
Fuel up to Play 60 is the largest in-school health and wellness program in the country, currently in more than 73,000 schools, reaching 39 million students. Fuel Up to Play en español launched this fall in an effort to reach Hispanic students with Spanish language material and a new website.
Here are 6 ways you and the kids can keep fit in winter:
- Winter day walks. Really, the cold isn’t going to kill you — in Germany and in Nordic countries they bundle babies up and sit them outside in much lower temperatures than we have here to get fresh air. Only their face is exposed and the crisp air is good for them. Now imagine walking, working up a bit of a sweat to keep your body warm AND burning calories. That’s a no brainer right there.
- Dance parties. Yep, these were my favorites when I babysat my younger cousins and siblings and we could not go out. We were all sitting around bored and tired of watching TV, but I’d pop in a tape or CD (Gen X here!) and pretty soon we were having dance-offs and choreographing entire routines! Let me tell you, that breaks a sweat… and a bit of stink, too.
- Zumba in the living room. Take that dance party to the next level. Dust off that old Zumba DVD or watch on YouTube and get poppin’ and lockin’ and moving that pompis. Work it out and let the kids join in your workout, too. Finish off with a good stretch and of course, drink water. They will ask to do it again — and that helps mami keep fit too.
- Housework workout. Believe it or not this a favorite here — I put on music and with the help of my kids we move furniture, vacuum, make piles for donation and wipe down tables and windows. In an hour we have moved all over the house, up and down 3 floors and we are wiped (ha ha) out!
- Sledding. If you get snow, then get out there fast! I can’t tell you how hot and sweaty I get when I take the kids sledding or just walking through the snow — and by the way, going up and down a hill in extra bulky clothing is a great workout! The kids are happy, super-duper tired and guaranteed to pass out cold in 5 seconds flat.
- Shoveling snow. Again if you get snow and have kids, then get outdoors! Even if they are young, they can join in other ways. My 2 ½ year old used her beach bucket to clear the snow off the front steps — going up and down which had her moving for a good hour or so. My son helped his papi shovel — not only did he feel grown up, but he was up and off the sofa and not staring at the tablet all day.
Take small and simple tasks and turn them into fitness fun. Besides, we as adults need the motivation too, and it sure helps me get moving’ and grooving during the cold months!
How do you fuel up to play during the winter?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Dairy Council and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.