When the temperature dips, there is nothing better than cuddling up with a blanket and a cup of tea. No argument there! But it's still important to get outside daily, grown-ups and children alike. Here are five reasons why:
1. Sunshine. Vitamin D is perfectly delivered by the sun through our skin. It helps boost the immune system and elevates mood, keeping the winter blues at bay. The amount of sunshine each person needs can vary, but aim for at least 15 minutes a day.
2. Fresh Air. When we are cooped up in shared spaces, germs can spread more rapidly. (Yes, many germs are healthy for us, but who wants more exposure to cold and flu germs?) Breathe in the cold, fresh air and take a break from stuffy indoor settings.
3. Get Moving. We are more likely to be active when we are outside. Whether it's hiking, inventing winter games, dreaming up spring garden plans or frolicking in a natural play space, we are more likely to exercise when we go outside.
4. Wildlife Love. Although many animals are slumbering, there are still plenty of animals to observe in winter, especially birds! Get outside for a dose of winter bird watching and fill up your feeders with seed and suet, too.
5. Reflect. Take time for quiet reflection away from the noise of daily life. A peaceful winter walk is a great way to model reflection for young children. Fill your soul with optimism: winter holds nature's eternal promise of spring.