If your kid is looking forward to summer and all of the great things that come with it, like their favorite summer camp, they may be experiencing a case of the winter blues. However, it’s important to keep them motivated to workout, even when it’s cold outside. The importance of exercise doesn’t just go away because it’s winter. So with that in mind, let’s discuss a few reasons your child should remain active during the winter.
For starters, cold weather means an increase in consuming comfort foods. While this may be pleasant at the time, it can quickly lead to an intake of too many calories. And if there is no physical activity, these excess calories will be stored on the body as fat. Many kids may not see the harm in putting on a few extra pounds and they also may not care about their appearance as much as adults do. However, it’s important for adults to ensure their children are remaining active and healthy. By exercising in the winter months, kids can prevent winter weight gain and ensure they’re ready for summer camp in just a few months.
Unfortunately, most kids end up getting sick at some point during the winter months. Because of this, it’s important to remember that working out on a regular basis can help boost the immune system. Although it’s important to eat healthy as well, exercising can significantly reduce the risk of catching a cold or the flu.
Unlike the sunny, warm weather most kids experience during summer camp, winter is full of cold, gray days. Because of this, it can be difficult to remain motivated, positive, and productive. Luckily, exercise is one of the easiest and best ways to improve a child’s mood and combat those dreaded weather blues. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel happier. So while your kid may be daydreaming about their soccer summer camp, it’s important to keep them active during the winter too.
Exercising during the winter also forces gets to get creative. Since they have to wait a few months until their summer soccer camp starts up again, they have to figure out ways to stay active at home. Whether it’s trying winter activities like skiing or ice skating, running on the treadmill indoors, or figuring out how to learn soccer skills indoors, kids have the chance to try new things and really get creative with their workouts.
While soccer increases a player’s endurance by having them run, walk, sprint, and job for 90 minutes, it can be hard to get that amount of exercise during the winter. However, it’s important for your kid to remain active and fit throughout the cold months in order to be ready to participate in their favorite summer camp.