Keeping your children healthy is a challenging feat in general, but in the wintertime, it can become more difficult to keep your kids active, healthy, and hydrated. Outdoor play comes indoors, and kids lose their room to run, their access to fresh air and Vitamin D, and much more.
They turn to video games, television programs, and computers for fast fun from the couch. And while there are still plenty of activities your children can do outside in the wintertime, it’s harder to give your child the exercise, water, and vitamins they need to stay healthy during the season. So, what can you do?
Here are some ways to keep your child’s health a top priority this winter.
Ways to Stay Active Outside
Kids may be reluctant to go outside during the colder months, but there are still some fun activities you can enjoy.
Remember to dress warmly as you and your kids:
- Take a walk around the neighborhood for exercise and fresh air
- Got snow? Have a snowball fight! This will help get their heart rate up while bringing some healthy competition into play
- Try skiing, skating, or snowboarding to keep their muscles strong and body moving
Ways to Stay Active Inside
Too cold out for you and your kids? Staying active at home or inside a facility near you is the next best alternative. Here are some things to try.
- Speed cleaning! Race around the house to see who can pick up the most toys or clean the most rooms within a short period of time
- Set up an obstacle course that involves climbing, jumping, and crawling to help keep your child’s heart rate up
- Don’t play ball in the house? Maybe you can make an exception
- Race down the hallway and see who is the fastest in the house
Away From Home
- Check out a local indoor place like:
- Basketball courts
- Trampoline parks
- Bowling alleys
- Laser tag areas
- Batting cages
- Roller rinks
No matter where you go, be sure to call ahead to ask about the facility’s sanitation measures and how you can stay socially distant while still having fun.
Ways to Keep Your Child Hydrated
Less heat means less running around, sweating, and tiresome exercise that normally makes it easy for your kids to stay hydrated. With the change in weather, staying up on water intake can fall by the wayside. It’s important to keep your child’s thirst at bay with lots and lots of water to keep them healthy and hydrated. If water isn’t their preferred drink, try infused waters or watered-down juices.
More Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy
In addition to staying active and hydrated, try these ways to keep your child healthy during the winter:
- Put a cap on screen time and promote activities that keep their minds sharp
- Encourage regular fruit and vegetable intake
- Consult with your child’s primary care physician to see if vitamins and supplements can help make up for lost nutrients
- Get plenty of rest. Give your children a bedtime and stick with it
- Maintain Healthy Humidity in your home with an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, keeping your indoor humidity as close to 50% as possible. Dry air in your home can affect your child’s overall health, while moist air can help keep viruses and bacteria from spreading and making your child sick
Healthy Humidity plays a key role in our overall wellness. And the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ (made up of humidity control, fresh air ventilation, and air purification solutions) can help keep you and your family happy, healthy, and comfortable in your home for years to come. Get started today and find a Healthy Air Professional in your area to take the first step in finding a solution that’s right for your Healthy Home.