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Keeping Kids Active in Winter

Keeping Kids Active in Winter Keeping Kids Active in Winter Keeping Kids Active in Winter Is it just me, or has this been a unusually cold winter? Some days have just been absolutely icy! Freezing cold weather and chilly winds have meant hibernation has been high on my to-do list on weekends throughout this winter. All I want to do is...
Keeping Kids Active in Winter

Keeping Kids Active in Winter

Is it just me, or has this been a unusually cold winter? Some days have just been absolutely icy! Freezing cold weather and chilly winds have meant hibernation has been high on my to-do list on weekends throughout this winter. All I want to do is snuggle on the lounge with my boys; heaters, winter woollies and thick socks on whilst eating super delicious home-baked comfort food like chicken and leek pie and apple crumble and watching movies! Anyone else been experiencing this?!

Exercise has absolutely taken a back seat over this winter period. But a couple of months in to the cold weather and we’re feeling it. Feeling sluggish and more than a little cabin fevered. And that’s just me, let alone the seven-year-old boy who, let’s face it, really needs to be ‘run’ every day! And after seeing all those enthusiastic folk participating in the City to Surf over the weekend, and the glorious sunny winter days we’ve been having lately here in Sydney, it’s well and truly time to get back out there and get moving.

The benefits of keeping active at all ages is well documented. We all know we feel better in mind, body and spirit for getting outside, moving our bodies and getting some fresh air. I can definitely notice an improvement in my mood and that of my boy’s when we’ve made the effort to get up and get outside. A little mind trick I’ve developed is to keep our sneakers at the front door. That way no matter what we’re doing we can quickly and easily pop them on and head out the door before we’ve thought too much about it.

My son and I came up with some fun winter activities everybody can try:

Indoor dance party

If the weather outside is miserable and you just can’t leave the house, why not set up an indoor dance party? If you’ve got the numbers you could even organise a dance competition or dance-off! Let the kids help you select their favourite tunes, crank them up loud and get moving!

Bowling

Head to your local tenpin bowling alley and get set to hit some strikes! Little kids can use the side bumpers and most centres will also provide a ramp that makes it easier for kids to handle the balls. Fun for the whole family.

Ice Skating

Another fun activity the whole family can get involved in, with pop-up ice skating rinks becoming super popular during winter over the last few years. There are also a couple of  ‘all-year-round’ indoor rinks around Sydney that offer lessons, holiday camps and ‘Kids Klubs’, so check out your local council for more info on rinks in your area.

Indoor play centres

Slippery dips, obstacle courses, ball pits, treehouses, climbing frames: indoor jungle gyms are a maze of running, jumping, swinging, dodging, sliding fun and a fantastic way to burn off some serious kid energy. Best for slightly older kids, they’ll emerge sweaty, tired and smiling and hopefully ready for bed early! :)

Take a walk… in the rain

Provided it’s not too miserable, why not rug up the kids, pop on gumboots, raincoats, grab some kiddie umbrellas and head out into the great outdoors? Even if it’s just around the block, take a stroll, jump in puddles and be prepared to get a little bit wet. You can always head home for a hot shower when you’re done!

Bike rides

Get the blood pumping, feel the wind in your hair and take in some local nature with a family bike ride. There are lots of options for bike hire if you don’t have your own. Check out your council’s website for information on your local bike tracks or local parks that are bike friendly. Look out for a sunny winter’s day, rug up the kids with their winter woollies and head out!

How do you stay active during wintertime?

As always, if too much Harley is never enough, you can find us on Instagram (where you will be showered with love, special offers and gifts - so don't miss out!), Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest too.

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon.

Jess x 

 

 

 

Keeping Kids Active in Winter

Keeping Kids Active in Winter

Is it just me, or has this been a unusually cold winter? Some days have just been absolutely icy! Freezing cold weather and chilly winds have meant hibernation has been high on my to-do list on weekends throughout this winter. All I want to do is snuggle on the lounge with my boys; heaters, winter woollies and thick socks on whilst eating super delicious home-baked comfort food like chicken and leek pie and apple crumble and watching movies! Anyone else been experiencing this?!

Exercise has absolutely taken a back seat over this winter period. But a couple of months in to the cold weather and we’re feeling it. Feeling sluggish and more than a little cabin fevered. And that’s just me, let alone the seven-year-old boy who, let’s face it, really needs to be ‘run’ every day! And after seeing all those enthusiastic folk participating in the City to Surf over the weekend, and the glorious sunny winter days we’ve been having lately here in Sydney, it’s well and truly time to get back out there and get moving.

The benefits of keeping active at all ages is well documented. We all know we feel better in mind, body and spirit for getting outside, moving our bodies and getting some fresh air. I can definitely notice an improvement in my mood and that of my boy’s when we’ve made the effort to get up and get outside. A little mind trick I’ve developed is to keep our sneakers at the front door. That way no matter what we’re doing we can quickly and easily pop them on and head out the door before we’ve thought too much about it.

My son and I came up with some fun winter activities everybody can try:

Indoor dance party

If the weather outside is miserable and you just can’t leave the house, why not set up an indoor dance party? If you’ve got the numbers you could even organise a dance competition or dance-off! Let the kids help you select their favourite tunes, crank them up loud and get moving!

Bowling

Head to your local tenpin bowling alley and get set to hit some strikes! Little kids can use the side bumpers and most centres will also provide a ramp that makes it easier for kids to handle the balls. Fun for the whole family.

Ice Skating

Another fun activity the whole family can get involved in, with pop-up ice skating rinks becoming super popular during winter over the last few years. There are also a couple of  ‘all-year-round’ indoor rinks around Sydney that offer lessons, holiday camps and ‘Kids Klubs’, so check out your local council for more info on rinks in your area.

Indoor play centres

Slippery dips, obstacle courses, ball pits, treehouses, climbing frames: indoor jungle gyms are a maze of running, jumping, swinging, dodging, sliding fun and a fantastic way to burn off some serious kid energy. Best for slightly older kids, they’ll emerge sweaty, tired and smiling and hopefully ready for bed early! :)

Take a walk… in the rain

Provided it’s not too miserable, why not rug up the kids, pop on gumboots, raincoats, grab some kiddie umbrellas and head out into the great outdoors? Even if it’s just around the block, take a stroll, jump in puddles and be prepared to get a little bit wet. You can always head home for a hot shower when you’re done!

Bike rides

Get the blood pumping, feel the wind in your hair and take in some local nature with a family bike ride. There are lots of options for bike hire if you don’t have your own. Check out your council’s website for information on your local bike tracks or local parks that are bike friendly. Look out for a sunny winter’s day, rug up the kids with their winter woollies and head out!

How do you stay active during wintertime?

As always, if too much Harley is never enough, you can find us on Instagram (where you will be showered with love, special offers and gifts - so don't miss out!), Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest too.

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon.

Jess x 

 

 

 

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