As winter starts to set in, it’s only natural to want to stay inside. There’s TV, hot chocolate and warm fires. Why go outside and get cold?
Well, the truth is that playing outside in the winter months, is healthy for you and your kids. Staying inside too much has been proven to be bad for you both mentally and physically.
Really, we should be thankful we don’t have to hibernate for months on end like many other beings. So before you check what’s on TV, check out these benefits of playing outside during winter.
1. Playing Is Exercise
We all need exercise. Getting out and playing in the cold will give your kids exercise without them even thinking about it. Sitting on the couch won't provide those benefits. In fact, sitting around and not getting any exercise at all can lead to a a number of serious health problems.
Of course, there needs to be a limit to their outdoor play. Make sure the kids are dressed in layers, are wearing hats and gloves and have them come in periodically to warm up. When they do, ask them how their toes and fingers feel.
Use your judgement about when it is too cold for outdoor play. Obviously the colder it is, the less time they should be outside. Other than that, let them have at it. Outside play will keep them happy and healthy. The'll will sleep better, too.
2. Outdoor Air Is Healthier
Everyone gets sick at this time of year. But it's not because of the outside. You see, cold and flu viruses spread more easily in the dry, stale air of our homes and businesses but because it is so cold outside, we don’t open windows to enjoy a fresh breeze. Therefore, we have more people congregating in poorly ventilated, dry, heated air, giving germs the perfect environment to spread.
Of course, there's no guaranteed way to avoid getting sick, but getting outside and breathing healthier air will certainly help.
3. Winter Sun Provides Vitamin D
Vitamin D is kind of important. It promotes calcium absorption and can prevent the bone disease known as Rickets. Vitamin D can also increase the serotonin levels in your brain which will increase the chances of your child staying in a good mood.
However, Vitamin D doesn’t come naturally in too many foods, but you can get it from the sun’s rays.
So use your common sense and ensure your kids get a good dose of healthy outside air this winter. Just make sure they wear a coat.