The holiday season is upon us, and we are gearing up for gatherings, festivities, and indulging in seasonal favorites! During all the holiday cheer, let us also keep in mind the importance of staying active. The activities below can help kids burn off their endless energy, even when confined indoors, and offer parents a chance to have fun and relieve stress.
Importance of Physical Activity?
Physical activity plays a crucial role in promoting health and well-being across all age groups. In light of the importance of physical activity, it is also important to understand the specific guidelines for varying age groups.
- Preschool-aged children (ages 3 through 5 years) should be physically active throughout the day to enhance growth and development.
- Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.
- Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
This engaging winter and holiday-themed activity is designed to make staying active during the winter and holiday season fun and exciting! Your goal is to complete an entire line by participating and completing the activities listed. Each activity you complete gets you one step closer to shouting "BINGO!" These activities are designed to suit all ages and fitness levels, making it perfect for families and friends to participate together.
- Respect your physical limits. If an activity feels too strenuous or uncomfortable, stop or modify the activity to prevent overexertion or injury.
- Stay hydrated. Even in the winter months, hydration is crucial for overall health and can help prevent muscle cramps and overheating that may come during physical activity.
- Be mindful of your surroundings to prevent falls. Always be mindful of your surroundings to avoid tripping, slipping, or falling. Remove obstacles in the area if limited to the indoors to help minimize the risk of accidents.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
This article was written by Jacob Sautter, Professional Student of Dietetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was reviewed in 2023.