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5 Winter Break Tips for a Healthy Mind and Running Spirit

As winter break approaches, let's ensure our girls have a fantastic time staying active and nurturing both their bodies and minds. Here are five simple tips to make their winter break memorable, featuring the joy of running:

Tip 1: Dance into Winter: Create a lively dance playlist, schedule daily dance sessions, and celebrate the joy of movement. It's a delightful way to keep your girl active, happy, and ready for some running fun.

Tip 2: Explore Winter:  Nature on the Run Plan outdoor running adventures, dress warmly, and enjoy the beauty of winter landscapes. Keep a running journal and involve the whole family in these refreshing experiences.

Tip 3: Mindful Indoor Running: Introduce easy yoga and meditation routines to promote relaxation, focusing on mental well-being for a healthy running spirit. Create a calm space, practice deep breathing, and encourage open communication about feelings.  Visualize running strong and relaxed. 

Tip 4: Run into Winter Sports:  Experiment with winter sports like ice skating or skiing, incorporating running elements. Sign up for lessons, organize friendly running competitions, and prioritize safety while having a run-filled blast.

Tip 5: Get Creative Indoors with a Running Twist: Engage in arts and crafts, DIY projects, and virtual running classes. Encourage your girl to set running goals, share her creative running achievements, and enjoy the process of being active indoors.  There are several fitness games that incorporate indoor running.

 This winter break, let's focus on keeping our girls active, happy, and empowered, with a special emphasis on the joy of moving. Implement these tips for a holistic approach to their well-being.  One of the comments we typically get from our 5K is our amazing playlist.  Here are some of our winter recommendations to keep you and your girl moving and inspired.

Roar - Katy Perry. (this is my favorite)

Brave - Sara Bareilles
Confident - Demi Lovato
Run the World (Girls)" - Beyoncé
Fighter - Christina Aguilera
Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
That's My Girl - Fifth Harmony
Beautiful- Christina Aguilera
Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Unstoppable - Sia. (this is my daughter's favorite)
Titanium - David Guetta ft. Sia
Scars to Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Me Too - Meghan Trainor
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
I Was Here" - Beyoncé
Who Says - Selena Gomez & The Scene


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References and Additional Resources:

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2019). The Benefits of Outdoor Play.
  2. KidsHealth. (2023). Mental Health and Wellness.
  3. Mayo Clinic. (2022). Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity.
  4. Girls on the Run Piedmont. (2023). Empowering Girls Through Running.

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