Tired of being cooped up in the house because of the cold weather? Get out in the snow and try a new sport with your family this winter!
But what if everyone in your house believes that winter is a time for
hibernating in front of the TV? Don't despair: the whole family can do
lots of fun things once the weather turns frosty.
Beating the Cold-Weather Blahs
Once a chill is in the air, our bodies begin to want to conserve
energy to use as heat. We tend to eat a little more and become less
active. Being cooped up inside and being more sedentary can lead to the
"cold-weather blahs." Kids might feel more tired, lethargic, or even a
A good way to kick this feeling is to get them out into the snow to
play! Winter can be a great time for family activities that allow you to
spend time with your kids while being active.
Types of Cold-Weather Sports
Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing are just a few sports that everyone in your family can try.
Skiing. Alpine (downhill) skiing is an easy sport to
try, but novice skiers should take a lesson first and get instructions
on staying safe. Many ski resorts have reasonably priced lessons for
first-timers. A competent instructor can show kids the proper techniques
while also ensuring they start on a hill that's appropriate for their
Cross-country skiing. For cross-country skiing,
long, thin skis are used. This type of skiing uses a binding system that
holds the ski boot to the ski by the boot's toe. This lets the heel
move up and down naturally, enabling skiers to travel long distances and
climb hills. It's a great cardiovascular workout and a wonderful way to
enjoy the outdoors. Virtually any flat or near-flat snowy surface
Snowboarding. Snowboarding is also popular. Kids
especially love this type of snow "surfing," and many resorts offer the
equipment for rental along with traditional skis. Snowboarding uses
different techniques than downhill skiing, so your family should take a
few lessons first. If you've been on a surfboard in water, you'll find
the snowboarding style familiar.
Snowshoeing. Snowshoeing doesn't require any
particular skills or specialized equipment, and it can be done almost
anywhere there's snow. The snowshoeing technique is as easy as walking,
so anyone can do it. If you like walking, hiking, or running, you'll
find that strapping on a pair of snowshoes is a great way to work out.
The slower pace of snowshoeing also allows family members to stay
together. Traditional snowshoes can be strapped onto any pair of boots
without heels and can be rented from an outdoor equipment retailer.
Ice skating. You may remember struggling with weak
ankle support when ice skating as a child, but great improvements in
skate design have improved the skating experience. Take your family out
to the rink for an afternoon or evening of ice skating. Many rinks rent
molded fiberglass skates that have more ankle support and warmth than