Playing/Working in the Snow
Rolling up snowballs burns calories, right? And of course, dragging the kids around on a sled is enough to wind even the most physically fit. Whether you are shoveling the driveway, making an igloo, or walking to the local park for some hill sledding, this winter workout gets you out in the fresh air and away from that exercise DVD you have done 321 times.
Okay, you probably don’t have moves like JLo, but trust us, your kids couldn’t care less. They will love moving their bodies along with you, and dance parties are a great way to introduce them to new music, including artists who don’t include animal noises in their songs. Extra calories burned for lifting kids up (free weights!). Oh, and consider your ab workout accomplished since watching tots bounce and sway is hysterical and bound to cause some giggles for everyone. We are pretty much in the dark age when it comes to technology at our house, but Wii Fit apparently has get-up-and-move games of all types and can be done from the comfort of your living room.
While making chocolate chip cookies may be their favorite culinary creation, kids are generally pretty adventurous in the kitchen and will love assisting in making snacks, especially if they are hands-on. Choosing a simple treat like muffins, raw cookies, or any other Tots’-approved snacks or even fresh juices can be a family activity. My son is obsessed with juicing and will add kale and spinach into the juicer without protest. Another trick for healthy snacking: stop your evening snacking when your kids do. My husband and I generally have our snack after the kids are in snoozetown, but we’re trying to change that: experts recommend making your last snack 2-3 hours before bedtime. By having a snack with the kids you are less likely to reach for something unhealthy, since you probably don’t want your kids to know that you eat chocolate cupcakes on a nightly basis.
Going to Sleep Early
With all the new family activity going on (yoga, snowshoeing, etc), you may find that you are all hitting the sack a little earlier. Use this opportunity to catch up on your sleep debt; turn off the TV and settle in for some whole body beauty sleep (DVR whatever shows you usually stay up late for!). Staying well rested will help you avoid those superbugs and viruses circulating the preschool set since being sleep-deprived means you have lower immunity. Getting some extra shut-eye will also enable you to have the energy to move your body, and to stick with any of those other resolutions you may have made! Good luck!
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