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Winter Activities for the Whole Family to Stay Active

Winter Activities for the Whole Family to Stay Active

Winter can be a time for hibernation, staying warm by the fire, drinking hot cocoa and avoiding the bitter cold weather. Additionally, it also can be a time for exploring new activities or enjoying quality time with family while staying fit. Staying active during the colder months is essential not just for physical health but also for mental well-being. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep and reduce the risk of chronic health conditions, among other benefits. Creating a family culture of physical activity—no matter the weather—can help promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone.

Here are some fun-filled winter activities that can help the entire family stay active and healthy.

Outdoor Activities Your Family Will Love

Snow Fun

If you're lucky enough to live in a place where it snows, take advantage of it. Building a snowman or having a friendly snowball fight are great ways to get the whole family moving. For a more strenuous activity, consider shoveling the snow together—as long as there are no cardiovascular or other health issues existing that would prevent you from safely participating.

Winter Sports

Winter offers a whole new range of sports such as ice-skating, skiing, snowboarding or sledding. These activities not only keep you active but also help in build balance and coordination.

Nature Walks

Don't let the cold deter you from exploring the outdoors. Bundle up in warm clothes and go for a brisk walk or hike. The winter landscape can provide a refreshing change of scenery, and birdwatching can be a fun sideline activity.

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Keep Moving Indoors

When it's too cold outside, there are still plenty of ways to stay active indoors.

Indoor Sports

Consider engaging in sports that can be played indoors such as table tennis, basketball or even a simple game of hide-and-seek.

Fitness Challenges

Create a family fitness challenge with a variety of exercises such as push-ups, squats, jumping jacks or planks. You could keep score and award a small prize to the winner, making it a fun competition.

Dance Parties

Turn up the music, and have a dance party right in your living room! Dancing is a fun way to stay active, and everyone can participate, regardless of age.

Yoga or Pilates

Yoga or Pilates can be a relaxing way to stay fit. There are numerous online classes available catering to all ages and fitness levels. You could even try out kid-friendly yoga poses with younger family members.

Interactive Video Games

There are plenty of video games that encourage physical activity. Games, such as Just Dance or Wii/Switch Sports, can get the whole family moving while having fun.

Scavenger Hunt

Organize an indoor scavenger hunt. It's a great way to keep kids active and engaged, and adults will have fun too!

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Winter Wellness in Middleburg Heights

The winter can be a great time for family wellness and exploring new activities together. However, illnesses or injuries can ruin your winter plans. At Southwest General Health Center, we offer primary and specialty care to help you and your family stay healthy this season. To learn more about Southwest General Health Center or to schedule an appointment, visit us at