Snow day physical activity ideas

Make physical activity a part of your next snow day with these tips.

Snow day physical activity ideas

It is 7 a.m. on a Tuesday in January, you are running around getting the kids ready for school when all of the sudden you hear the TV from the other room announce that school is closed due to a snow day. Now you are faced with making a few quick decisions to figure out what you can do with the kids for the eight hours that they normally spend in school. Have you ever taken this moment and thought, this is the perfect time for some physical activity fun in the snow? If you haven’t, then Michigan State University Extension encourages you to consider the following reasons to make physical activity a part of your next snow day.

We know that keeping the kids cooped up in the house all day, is not beneficial for anyone. Take a snow day and turn it into an opportunity for physical activities, family bonding and steps toward a healthier family. As an adult, you want to reach a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity during the day while also encouraging your kids to be active for at least 60 minutes. Here are some ideas of how to be active in the snow.

For people of all ages, you can get plenty of the physical activity that you need in your yard or in a nearby park, wherever there is snow. Some ideas would be to build a snow fort, throw snowballs at a target (use a tree or a snowman), make snow angels or build a snowman. These activities are also a great opportunity for adults and teenagers to summon their inner child while being active.

There are also some other snow activities that require more planning and equipment but are also great physical activities and a way to melt away some extra calories. The table below shows how quickly you can burn 100 calories with any of these types of outdoor activities in the snow.

How to burn 100 calories in the snow

Activity

130 lb

160 lb

190 lb

Minutes

Snowboarding

16.5

13.5

11

Shoveling

16.5

13.5

11

Ice Skating

15

13

10

Cross Country Skiing

13

10

8.5

Snow Shoeing

13

10

9

Sleding

14.5

12

10

Ice Fishing

51

41

35

Snowmobiling

29

24

20

Downhill Skiing

17

14

11.5

*Calories are based off USDA SuperTracker

Now you can start to prepare for your next snow day, for a list of  snowsport-friendly venues in your area you can visit Pure Michigan. This way when the next snow day announcement comes up, you can be motivated and prepared with a few snow activities for you and your family.

For more physical activities and nutrition information please visit the MSU Extension and search for other physical activity ideas for you and your family to help keep you active all year round.

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