Now that winter has officially arrived, it can be harder to find the motivation to get outside. The cold, the snow, and lack of sunlight can make us want to just hunker down on the couch. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I personally love the snow. This makes me seem crazy to most because they prefer summer and Michigan’s warmer weather. However, I have found that the ones who enjoy winter are always the ones who enjoy some form of a winter activity. For me, its snowmobiling, hiking, or just playing in the snow with the kids.
Getting outside no matter the season is important to me. There are so many benefits to being outside for me and Scout from being active to boosting our mood. There’s a ton of research on how nature is good for us.
I want to start young with the kids and show them how fun outside can be. So, we are beginning to introduce Scout to more outdoor activities now that she’s getting bigger.
Our first winter activity is sledding. We began small by simply pulling her around the yard. She looks bored in all the pictures I took because she only smiles when daddy pulls her fast, of course. She is our little risk taker, so I am not surprised she only likes going fast.
Are you a winter person like me or do you prefer warmer weather? What ways do you keep your family outside and active in the winter?
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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.