Do you tend to hibernate during the winter months because of the cold weather? Does that “are you still there” prompt frequently pop up on your Netflix screen because you spend so much time on the couch binge-watching The Office? You’re not alone. Many people avoid the outdoors during the winter because of the frigid temperatures. But while winter can be cold and even gloomy at times, it’s also a beautiful time of year that offers unique outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy, added Kidsco.
For example, other than in winter, when can you slide on the ground using long sticks under your feet while holding poles? Or how about building tiny rotund people on your front lawn? Such activities (cross-country skiing and building snow people) sound pretty strange without a winter context. But it just goes to show how, unlike any other season, the wintertime provides exciting outdoor physical activities for people of all ages.
All you have to do is bundle up in warm clothes and embrace that refreshing, chilly air. Let’s look at some compelling examples of things to try with the family this season.
No matter how old you are, tobogganing will bring a smile on your face and probably a few laughs. You’ll feel just like a kid again when you zoom down a snow-covered hill on a sled with your children and partner. The thrill of making it to the bottom and then trudging back up to do it all over again is an extraordinary feeling that will take you back to your childhood days. And making new memories with your family will make this winter season extra special! Always remember to be safe — watch out for trees and crowded areas.
There’s a lot more to cross-country skiing than sliding on the ground using poles and sticks — it’s an engaging activity enabling you to admire the outdoors’ beauty while getting a full-body workout. You don’t need to own skis to enjoy cross-country skiing. You can rent them from your local outdoor and sports equipment store or local recreation club.
Cross-country skiing is similar to taking a brisk walk, so remember to bring water bottles and healthy snacks. You’ll also want to wear warm clothing, including thermal socks and underwear. Thermal is superior to cotton because it traps heat and absorbs moisture away from the body, keeping you dry and warm. Don’t forget gloves and a warm, comfortable hat.
Playing in the Snow
When was the last time you and the family rolled around in the snow in the backyard? Sometimes, the simplest activities are the most meaningful. An afternoon making snow angels and snow people might be just what you need to let off some steam.
Winter doesn’t have the best reputation and gets a lot of slack for being cold and dreary. But give it a chance! With the right clothing, you and the family can enjoy all of the unique things it has to offer. So, turn off that TV for a while and enjoy the season while it lasts!