I’m writing this to you as my children are sitting in front of a video screen. Sure I’m happy to see them safe and sound, but I worry about their sedentary lifestyle. While during the summer they are active outdoors, as soon as the winter sets in, they spend most of their free time on the couch. The truth is that they’re barely moving. I know this can’t be healthy. On the other hand, what kind of exercise can I offer them during the long and cold winter months? How do I get them to move off the couch?
Most important of all, remember that the great outdoors beckons even when it’s cold. Make sure that your children are dressed in plenty of layers and that they are dry and comfortable. Allow them to play in a well-lit area even if it’s after dark, as long as they are supervised. Encourage them to shovel the snow (a great calorie burner!) or build a snowman. Or join them in a fun brisk walk for the entire family. They’ll feel invigorated and energized. And so will you.
Chaya Stern is a licensed RPA Nutritionist and runs a private practice in nutritional counseling catering especially to children with overweight problems. Her training in pediatrics and internal medicine, coupled with over twenty years of experience in the field of nutrition, has made her a much sought-after authority on a variety of health issues. For more information, call The Nutrition Spot, at 718-437-6300.
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