You just got stuck through another winter blizzard. But just because the school was interrupted or the roads are bad does not mean that your family needs to be collected all day.
Playing outside is actually the perfect way to make the most of your next snow day. And despite what you might think … there are several reasons why it's actually better for your children than to stay inside.
We know all winter weather can be tough. When the temperature drops and the snow sticks up, it's tempting to let your kids spend the day playing video games or watching TV. But a habit of keeping your children inside has been shown to affect the child's weight and mood, not to mention the possibility of causing cases of cabin fever .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (19659007) (CDC) recommends that children receive 60 minutes of moderate exercise daily. And that number is not limited to the season.
You probably have fond memories of sledding and snowball fights from your own childhood. But the benefits of playing outdoors do not stop there. If you wonder how it makes a difference, here are some health benefits of coming out on a winter day:
- Fresh air: The idea that cold air causes flu and cold is not true. In fact, staying indoors is more likely to expose children to bacteria and bacteria. A short walk outside or a visit to your local playground can give families some fresh air – and maybe even improve your immune system.
- Vitamin D: Sunshine does more than warm you. It can actually improve your health. Spending just 10 minutes in the sunshine gives your child their daily dose of vitamin D, which helps improve their mood and overall health.
- Muscle and bone strengthening: We all know that exercise makes you stronger – but this is especially important for your child's growing body. According to the CDC, regular exercise helps children develop lifelong healthy habits and prevents serious health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
- Encourages creativity: While kids are out, the physical benefits of fresh air and sunshine … their senses are also exercised. Imaginative play can help develop creativity and problem solving. The snow can transform parks, backyards and playgrounds into completely different worlds! Ice and snow present just enough challenges to help children's maneuvering and expanding their thoughts.
Play it safe
Cold weather does not mean you need to stay indoors. But that means you have to be prepared.
Before going out the door, you dress your child in several layers – more than one adult would wear. Cover them from head to toe with hats, scarves, gloves and other things that will warm them up.
Wondering how cold is too cold? The best action for staying inside is wind cooling. If the wind chill falls below 32 degrees, be sure to take regular breaks to warm up. And watch out for tremors, drowsiness, numbness, and other signs of frostbite or hypothermia .
Use good common sense. The closer you move to single wind cooling, the more you can consider staying indoors.
Once you move, your body actually begins to warm up. Keep your kids active and convince them to get in the snow with fun ideas like:
- Ice Skating
- Snow Sculptures
- Playing Summer Sports with Winter Wash
- Hide and Seek
- Snow angels
- Skovla snö
Want to have fun? Get ideas for both children and adults in our list of  12 ways to be active this winter.
While not playing in the snow with your family, do not forget to enjoy the time you spend with each other.
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