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Four Ways to Keep Your Kids Active Over Spring Break

Mar 6, 2013

Although playing video games may exercise your child’s hands and fingers, it’s important to get kids off the couch, out of the house and engaged in total body physical activity during spring break.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. It is recommended that your child’s physical activity include a mix of aerobic activity, muscle strengthening and bone strengthening.

The following four tips can help keep your child’s activity levels on track during spring break.

  • Hit the Pool at Your Local Recreation Center: Aquatic activity is an excellent total body workout and spring break is the annual kickoff to pool season.  So take advantage of the opportunity to combine fitness with fun by taking your kids to the local recreation center pool.
     
  • Sign Up for Community Sports or Activity Camps: Spring break camps that cater to small group activities for kids are usually offered through local community organizations, recreational facilities or fitness studios. Expand on your children’s interests by signing them up for a fitness-oriented camp that will keep their minds and bodies engaged during spring break.
     
  • Schedule Family Fun Fitness Time into Your Daily Schedule: Working out as a family not only sets a good example for your children to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, but it also provides an opportunity to spend quality time as a family working together to accomplish a common goal. Instead of turning on the TV after dinner, plan an activity together that incorporates fitness with family time. The activity can be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, playing at the park or riding bikes together.
     
  • Try a New Spring Sport: Spring is a great time for kids to try out a new sport or activity such as soccer, rock climbing, dance, softball/baseball or ultimate.  Sign them up for a spring break sports camp or recreational team to not only try something new, but also to keep them active during the break from school.

As you plan for your children’s spring break this year, make sure to incorporate fitness and fun into their daily schedules. Consistent and regular physical activity each day is key to raising healthy and fit children who will succeed at school, home and in their extracurricular activities. It is important to set the foundation today for making fitness a priority in your life and your children’s.

Photo: By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons