Looking for a great way to get your kids in the spirit of the Winter Olympics 2014 AND prevent childhood obesity? Ice skating is the perfect way to do both! Check out our tips on how to help your child develop a love for this fun Winter Olympics 2014 activity.
You have two alternatives for cold Canadian winter: either whine about it and stay at home or embrace it and go out and have fun! One of the best winter activity besides skiing is skating! It is a great fitness activity for adults and kids and a good way to fight childhood obesity! Besides with the Winter Olympics 2014 around the corner, kids will be more prone to do it: they can mimic their favorite Olympic champion!
But how can you start skating when you never did it before? Some families may be hesitant to start ice skating because of the cost and the risk of injuries! The following tips will show you how you can get started and help prevent childhood obesity
Ice Skating: How to embrace it and prevent childhood obesity
Kids can start as early as age 3
My kids started ice skating at the age of 3! Some children may be able to start before depending on their gross motor skills. Each year they look forward to this winter activity as it is a lot of fun for them and great exercise too! At this age, it is better to get them a cheese-cutter (also know as twin-blades) that can be fixed on their shoes! It costs around $20!
You don’t need new skates
My son’s first skates were second hand! We bought them for $10! Since we were not regular skaters, it did not matter! You can even rent skates from some shops but I prefer having the skates available whenever we want to use them! You can ask your family and friends if they have gently used skates. I have never bought skates for my daughter because my neighbor provides me with her daughter’s outgrown ones!
Have a helmet handy!
A helmet is important for protecting your child’s head during ice skating. While you can get these second hand, I prefer new ones for hygiene reasons. Sometimes they are on sale for $25 at Costco. You may even be able to find them for less.
Check your indoor arena public skating hours!
Our public indoor arena has three slots of public skating hours! It costs $1 per child and $2 per adult for a total of $6 for a family of 4! Besides it has skating bars where kids can practice safely! Adults can use it too, of course.
My kids love the indoor arenas because they meet their friends from schools! It is like a play date for them !
Take advantage of your outdoor skating rinks.
I find them more interesting than indoor arenas because you can breath fresh air! But the skating is harder because the ice may not be even! Don’t be shy to try it out!
Consider signing up your kids for skating lessons
If your budget allows and kids have fun skating, you can sign them up for ice skating lessons! They are usually less expensive than other winter activities such as skiing and hockey! They cost around $8 the lesson in our area! It can be less expensive than junk food!
Ice skating is such a fun way to get kids into winter sports and excited about the Winter Olympics 2014. Plus, it really keeps them active during the winter, which goes a long way to help prevent childhood obesity.
Do your kids enjoy ice skating? Do you have any tips to help them embrace it?