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Exercise during the winter
nursingbug posted:
What are the best ways to keep my preschooler active through the winter? She does go to preschool 2 days a week. I don't get home from work until 7-8pm and it is hard to do any activity then, it is bedtime!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi nursing bug!

I struggle with this as well. When the weather is warm, we go around the neighborhood on scooters or bikes. Now that it gets dark so early, I've been slacking and I know we all need to move more.

Last night, my 7 year old set up an "obstacle course" for her sister in the living room. At first, I was not on board. However, I realized 1) they were getting along and 2) they were being active!

They both placed different "obstacles" to run around, hop over or balance on after I shoved the furniture to the edge of the room. They were laughing and rearranging for over an hour while I got dinner ready.

This morning it looks like a tornado hit the living room but I think we found one fun indoor activity

I'm looking forward to more suggestions - who is next?

seeit2 responded:
I plug in the Wii for my 5-yr old, there are some games out there that will at least get her off the couch. It helps to get the wiggles out when the weather is yucky. She could play some balance and running games on the Wii Fit DVD when she was 3, with some help. And it turns out she's a fabulous golfer lol.
Chris Tiongson, MD replied to seeit2's response:
The obstacle course sounds like a lot of fun. That kind of rough and tumble indoor activity may be messy, but create lifelong childhood memories for both kids and parents.

Wii or other types of exergaming is also a good option. It is also something kids and parents can do together. Imagine the unintentional comedic gold of a parent (especially me) hooping the hula on the Wii Fit or dancing along with Connect.

If after a long day of work you need a few minutes to get off your feet, then how about a timed scavenger hunt? You could have a list of items to fetch from around the house (either words or pics) and send her little one off to scurry after them before time runs out.
nursingbug replied to Chris Tiongson, MD's response:
I really like the obstacle course idea! We have been thinking about getting the nick jr wii game.
One thing I forgot was hopscotch, I had seen where someone made their kid one out of a piece of heavy fabric and paint- I thought I could use tape on a yoga mat to make one that would stay put. My mil also has one of those moon bounce balls that has the handle on the front, I have been considering getting one of those, wasn't sure if it was good for indoors though.
I signed her up for a gymnastics class, her first day is this week. I hope some of the stuff she learns she could do inside, tumbling and stuff.
thanks everyone!
cinder44 responded:
we luckily have a basement that is pretty large. they can ride their bikes down there, throw balls back & forth or into their hoop. upstairs they also play hide & seek, tag - I really don't like them running inside but it is better than kids who aren't tired for bed. And thankfully they have a gym at their daycare that they visit 2X a day.

If we have snow we have a flood light & they can sled ride. When we had our big snow storm last week we were all out there bundled up & shoveling snow then I pulled them around on their sled.
cinder44 replied to cinder44's response:
When I exercise to a video sometimes they will join in. They stretched with me last night & they will do jumping jacks.
sarahdear responded:
Not sure if you have access to a gym or indoor pool, but those are 2 things we like to do on the weekend with our kids in the cold weather months.

Being military stationed at a base, we have access to both of these. We often take the kids to the gym and check out a few balls and use one of the basketball courts to allow the kids to run around, shoot a few hoops, play a few games that we make up. Our pool also has family swim on Saturday mornings from 9-12 so we try to get to that at least a couple times a month. It's a regular lap pool with the shallow end being 3.5 feet, but they provide life jackets and swim bubbles for the kids to use. My 3 year old will swim end to end for the 25 meter pool with her bubble on -- talk about great exercise that uses up some energy!
nursingbug replied to sarahdear's response:
That would be really awsome! I have thought about getting DD in swim lessons, but they are always when I am working!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to nursingbug's response:
nursingbug -

Have you checked out the local YMCA? They have "swim teams" on the weekend that look really fun - indoor pool of course!

nursingbug replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
the only YMCA by us is pretty far away, and the scheduling to arrange using it wouldn't be worth the stress!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to nursingbug's response:
I get "the stress of scheduling"!

I live in Southern California - if we only had a helicopter, we could do much more!


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