While typically in winters you may notice that children playing outside decrease in number. However, it is important that they are active, especially in the cold season! In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of playing winter sports for kids, how to prepare yourself and some top winter sports for kids, that are also suitable for all ages!
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Fitness Benefits of Kids’ Winter Sports
There are numerous benefits of playing sports in the winter season, especially for kids. Read below some of them:
- Keeps the body warm and fit.
- Boosts appetite of an individual.
- Clears the mind and allows creativity.
- Keeps kids busy and active.
- Improves the immune system.
How to Prepare Kids for Winter Sports
Wear warm clothes
This is absolutely essential for any winter sport. You don’t want kids catching a cold or getting sick outdoors. The best way to prevent this is to wear warm clothes especially inner layers so that the body is warm. While sports are a great way to exercise, the body eventually gets warm.
However, the right clothing such as winter jackets, coats, fleece innerwear, leggings and boots are some appropriate winter clothing. I remember as a kid, I was stuffed with clothes whenever I went outside to play. It really helps to play better! Similarly, if you are playing winter sports in the snowy or mountainous regions, then you need a proper set of winter sports equipment and clothing such as gloves, helmets, special shoes google and apparel.
Wear your sunscreen
Yes, this is as much important as wearing warm clothes! And do not think this is only for the summer season. If you are playing outside, especially in the sun, you need to wear sunscreen. Teach kids from a young age to wear sunscreen when playing outside, I wish I did this too!
Top Winter Sports for Kids and Family
Probably the top choice for a winter sport, skiing is a beginner friendly sport that is done in snowy areas typically in mountain slopes. This is also a family-friendly activity which makes for the perfect thing to do on a vacation.
There are ski resorts that you can visit or stay at where you can also engage in other winter sports. For kids, skiing on a firm snow track that is flattened out is not much difficult to do. You just need practice and maintain balance and speed while skiing. For utmost safety, skiing gear should be worn, to prevent any accidents and to stay warm!
This is a unique sport that kids can also try out. Curling is a group sport. It makes use of a broom, stones (or rocks) and a special pair of shoes to play this game. Eight rocks are given to each team. The aim is to push the stones towards the house – the center area which serves as a goal line for both the teams.
The most popular winter sport that is played widely around the worldwide. With the establishment of so many ice rinks, this is a sport that kids can easily try out. Played in teams and as a competitive sport, this is a great way for children to learn teamwork, strategy and work together in winning the game.
This might be perceived as a dangerous sport that too for kids but it really is not. skating is an exciting activity which kids can easily engage in. with the right protective gear and equipment, a child can play this sport in the winter season. And what you are gaining is some serios fitness benefits, good balance and coordination.
One of the simplest winter solo sports out there which is also an excellent group and family activity. Hiking is a great way to explore the nature while giving the body a workout. This is also an ideal activity for kids of all ages. I love hiking and have always found it as a great way to release stress and clear the mind.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WINTER SPORTS FOR KIDS TO STAY FIT
Q. What is the ideal age for skating for kids?
Kids of ages 3 to above can learn skating.
Q. Where is skiing most popular?
Europe is an ideal place for skiing and winter sports with many ski resorts and locations.
Q. What is the most popular winter sport?
Ice hockey is one of the most popular winter sports around the world.
Q. Is curling an Olympic sport?
Yes, curling is a winter Olympic sport.
As a kid who has been active and was always found playing outdoors, regardless of the season. I can assure you that playing sports in the winters is a great way to stay energetic and warm! My top picks are hiking and skiing -something that I have yet to try!