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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 09, 2016
Category: pediatric fitness
Tags: Walking   hiking   exercising  

The cold weather season is approaching – well, some of you already believe it has begun. While it is tempting to say “stay inside, it’s too cold,” you may be inadvertently reducing the amount of activity that your children engage in. Cold weather and warm, children (and parents, and older adults) need to stay active year-round to stay in shape and keep healthy. So what are some ways to keep children active?

At Clark Podiatry Center, we encourage our patients and their families to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Using the cold is not enough to warrant less activity. So here are a few guidelines and helpful tips to keep families engaged and moving:

  • If it’s possible, have your children walk to school – and you can walk with them! This will give them a jump start on activity each day (and will be safe if you go with them).
  • Limit the hours spent watching TV – for children and for yourself. While the shows you watch may not be for the children, if they know that you are watching, they are more likely to watch more television as well.
  • While you’re at it, limit hours spent on computers, tablets, and phones as well.
  • Invest in active games, such as Twister or even Wii sports games or dancing games to increase fun as well as activity. These days, virtual reality headsets are also gaining popularity, but make sure that children use them for active games, and only for a short time each time.
  • Go on family walks, especially if you have a dog. This could be after school or after dinner, but make sure that you are in safe and brightly lit neighborhoods as fall and winter makes for evenings that get dark early.
  • Have family competition nights. This can be an hour or so of tracking records of physical activities, such as most steps on the pedometer, number of pushups, hula hooping, and holding planks.
  • Join a local indoor pool for swim lessons or time just recreational play in the water. There are also other great indoor activities, such as bowling or rock climbing.
  • Last, but not least, take your children to fall or winter activities like hiking, organized fall sports, skiing, snowboarding, etc. If it snows enough, older children can help with shoveling – and better yet, have snowball fights or build a snowman!

Remember to always dress for the weather – more layers are better than not enough. Staying hydrated in the dry winters are also important. If you have any questions or concerns about staying active with your family, especially when it comes to staying mobile (using your feet), come see our board-certified foot doctor, Brandon Macy, DPM. He and his team will be more than happy to help you at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today!

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