Living in New Jersey in the winter can be rather cold. Trying to get the kids to go outside in the winter can be a struggle for sure. I mean.. who doesn’t want to stay wrapped up in their blankets in a warm house during the winter months. One thing I always insist on before they do venture outside is to start with a good, hearty breakfast. Cereal, eggs, fresh fruit, and juice helps to get them fueled up and ready to start their day.
Here are a few ways that we try to get some exercise into our day while still having some fun indoors:
* 10 Card Pickup: We play a game the hubby came up with at one time to help me with my weight loss program. Lay 10 cards in an upward row. Then squat and pick up the first card. Stand straight up and move up to the next card in the row. Squat again and lay that card on top of the next card in the row. Squat again and pick up that same card. Then squat again and pick up the card under it. Stand straight up and move up to the next card in the row. Squat and lay one of the cards down on top of the next one in the row. Then squat again and lay the other one down. Then you go back to picking up each of the 3 cards in that pile .. and so on. This really gets your whole body moving.
* Dance Videos: My kids absolute favorite indoor form of exercise. We love to dance, and are huge music fans. Something about the beat that gets you up out of your seat and moving! We have dance offs to see who can last the longest, who can come up with the best new dance, or the craziest dance.
* Freeze Dance: Again, we love to dance. This is a game I started doing years ago for our oldest daughter’s birthday parties. You have one person that controls the music and watches the kids as they dance. The goal is to not move once the music is turned down/shut off. Everyone begins to dance freely while the music is playing, and the monitor then periodically turns the music down/off. Everyone must freeze in the last position they were in. If someone moves, they are out. It’s great exercise, and the kids have a blast doing it.
Here’s another super fun game I remember playing as a child. Try out Tip #13: Fortune Telling from the series, Tips for a Great Start from Team Kellogg’s. My daughter had a blast playing this with her friends.
Click to download the origami fortune teller and print it out. Once you've cut out the shape, follow the simple instructions to make your own. Each flag has a different activity that your children can do inside or outside.. with their friends or on their own... such as jumping jacks, sit ups, standing on one leg, spinning in circles, and more.
Get your kids moving and motivated in the morning and throughout the day by starting with a breakfast of their favorite Kellogg's cereal and an activity or two that they enjoy! Exercise CAN be fun and will give them a great start to their day! Visit Kellogg's and grab some coupons to get you started. You can also sign up for their Kellogg's Family Rewards program to enter codes, collect points, and earn rewards.
Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips