The season of fall reminds us of so many wonderful things – pumpkin spice candles, hot cocoa, and that crisp breeze in the air. That is, until winter rolls around. Eventually, going outside becomes a dreaded chore. Don’t let the drop in temperature keep your kids from having fun outside! The cold winter months don’t automatically mean that you and your kids have to stay locked inside the house. You and your family can enjoy some outdoor time with these easy tips!
Dress in Layers
This has been proven to be the most effective way to dress in the winter. This allows you to add or remove any layers you’re wearing, depending on what you’re doing and what conditions you may be experiencing. When layering you should put on at least three layers. For the first layer, this should consist of thermal tees, leggings, or thick socks. For the second layer, you should use sweatshirts, vest, jackets, or pull-overs. Wool or fleece is most effective for the second layer. For the third layer, you should use a thick, heavy jacket that has a waterproof exterior.
Whether you’re taking a break after 15, 30, or 45 minutes, make sure you’re not spending hours outside and then coming in outside. Our bodies work hard to keep warm, especially when we’re exerting physical activity. Sometimes, when kids are having fun they don’t realize it until it’s too late. Make sure to take frequent breaks to avoid getting sick.
In addition to taking breaks, keeping hydrated is just as important. Make sure to provide liquids during every break and also make sure liquids are available outside. Warm liquids and soups are recommended during cold weather. Water is also always a good choice.
Lastly, sunburns are not isolated to warm weather. It’s important to not only protect your children from cold weather, but also from harmful sun rays. Make sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, and use your personal discretion for SPF requirements.
Take these tips seriously, in order to stay healthy and have fun this winter. Have any suggestions for weathering the cold winter? Comment below!