Published on January 14th, 2022
Are you less active in the winter than you are in any other season? If so, you’re not alone. Summer vacations are the norm in most families. Fall is filled with trips to the pumpkin patch and holiday festivals. Spring is perfect for gardening.
Then winter hits. Most people sink into their couches with fuzzy throw blankets and hot chocolate. As comforting as that may seem, there are some downfalls to the winter slump.
Most adults gain a bit of weight during the winter then rush to the gym to take it off for spring. Others experience more mood swings or even depression. Kids are often bored and may experience down moods as well.
But who says winter is the gloomy season? You can make it just as fun as the warmer seasons. We have some suggestions for embracing winter and building memories with your family this year.
1. Embrace Wearable Tech
One of the biggest obstacles to an active family lifestyle is reluctance from kids. Everything they want is inside, right?
From video games and computers to snacks, they have it made at home. Working with technology to encourage a healthy lifestyle is easier than trying to control screen time.
Wearable technology takes advantage of technological perks while allowing greater physical movement. It literally goes with you.
For example, a kids smartwatch can receive and send messages or phone calls. Get one with GPS capability, and it’s a valuable tracking device as well. Kids can go outdoors without losing contact with friends and family members.
Fitness trackers are another great example because they encourage movement. Some now offer badges for hitting step milestones.
Others allow friendly competition between users. It feeds the digital lifestyle that kids are now immersed in while rewarding healthy behaviors.
2. Build for the Warm Season
What if you could build something this winter that makes spring and summer more fun? We’re talking about tree houses and backyard forts. Maybe you want to build a wooden frame and fill it with sand when the sun comes back out.
There are practical ideas as well. Consider building raised frames for new flowerbeds or a garden. Winter is a great time to put up a backyard shed to hold springtime tools. Perhaps it’s simply time to clean and organize the garage.
3. Embrace Winter Sports
Kids are less likely to complain about putting down the remotes if they’re heading out on a new adventure. If you enjoy fishing trips in the warmer months, try ice fishing.
If you have thrill-seekers in the family, go skiing or snowboarding. Even amusement parks have a lot to offer in the cold season.
You may also consider camping and hiking in the winter. Nothing beats warming up around a campfire together and then snuggling into sleeping bags. Just make sure you have the proper clothing and equipment. Safe winter camping is essential.
4. Take the Polar Plunge
Would you jump into an icy cold body of water in the dead of winter for fun? What if it benefited charity? The original Polar Plunge was created to support the Special Olympics. There are now similar events held in many regions of the country at least once a year.
Polar Plunge events are held at lakes, swimming pools, and many other bodies of water. They typically require each participant to pay an entry fee.
That money is later given to a designated charity after the event. On event day, everyone shows up in one place to jump into the water.
If you live in a cold climate, you’re likely to jump in and hop right back out. It’s important to bring towels, coats, hats, gloves, and other items to warm back up.
Some events may have changing areas, or you could use the back of a van to change clothes. Many people just drive home as fast as possible with blankets on the car seats.
Older children can participate in these events. Parents and caregivers are the best judges when it comes to determining what age is suitable. Most events will have minimum age limits to provide a guide.
5. Start a Family Business
Entertain this idea for a minute before you laugh it off as impossible. Start by picking a fun craft that you can do with your children. Maybe you want to start with handmade picture frames, Christmas tree decorations, or pajama sets.
You can teach children of all ages skills related to sewing and crafting. That allows every member of the family to get involved at their own level.
Physical crafts are sold on Etsy every day by people just like you. Are you going to do crafts to keep children amused in the winter anyway? If so, you can teach business skills at the same time. Look at Etsy to get ideas for popular products to get started.
You can even design digital planners, printables, and worksheets. Older children can learn to use basic editing programs like Canva.
Manipulating images and adding quotes is quite simple and fast. Allow your kids to use their creativity in idea brainstorming and design. Upload what you create to Etsy and see if it takes off.
If you already have an idea for a business, winter is the perfect time to act on it. It will benefit your family far more than hours spent on the couch.
Balance is Key
You don’t have to give up the fuzzy slippers and warm throw blankets. Don’t skip on the hot cocoa and apple cider, either.
You can enjoy your relaxing downtime and still keep your family active for the winter. If you don’t have many opportunities to do anything fun, create opportunities.
Even if it’s only once a week or even once a month, every new adventure counts. The more time you spend outdoors or working on productive tasks, the less prone you are to depression. You’ll also build family memories that are priceless.