But this time of year is tricky, too. How do you get enough exercise and fresh air when it's hailing constantly - and how do you balance nutrition and outdoor activity to get enough Vitamin D when you risk being blown off your feet several days a week just taking the dogs out? How do you get enough calcium into your kids to make sure that their bones will withstand the inevitable tree climbing that's sure to start any time now?
We have a plan for this.
Second, we go outside regardless of the weather. As longtime readers know, we are outdoor enthusiasts and even in truly awful weather we will spend at least some time outside. This can take many forms, but lately it's included building a chicken coop, getting out the bikes on days when the roads aren't too icy, hiking at a local conservation area, ice fishing, and lots more.
I also have a dog-walking friend next door and we take them for a 5 km walk down the road and back every morning, laughing and sharing our lives as we go. If you've never attempted to walk 4 dogs at once, let me tell you that's it's a great and comical workout! My husband and K, 22, jog the dogs down the trail every evening too, just as the sun sets.
Third, we make sure that we take a multivitamin that contains the vitamin D and calcium we're likely to be lacking right now (did you know that researchers have found up to 85% of people in North America aren't getting enough Vitamin D? and that you also need it to help absorb calcium? You can read more about this and other things you may not know by signing up for Life Science Nutritional's free newsletter.)
We are using the Vitamin D-added gummis this month and when they run out we will move on to the Iron Kids Gummis with Calcium. As I may have told you, they're gluten-, dairy- and nut-free and have no sugar coating, no artificial flavours and no artificial colours (especially important if your kids, like mine, react very poorly to the dyes!)
These vitamins have been such a hit with my kids (all ages) that I've been given permission to offer one of my Canadian readers a bottle of each of two IronKids vitamins (the added-calcium and added-Vitamin D bottles). To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me how you make sure your family gets the fresh air and good nutrition that they thrive on!
Leave me a way to get hold of you, too, and I'll notify the winner on April 8th. Good luck! You'll love them!
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