Many parents find that they have trouble keeping their kids active during down time from school, especially when they have a whole week off during spring break. Without the scheduled activities and balanced meals provided for them, children usually end up snacking on junk food and watching TV or playing video games on the couch.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that children and adolescents receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, with exercises that include aerobic activity, muscle strengthening, and bone strengthening. Keep your kids active by utilizing the following four tips:
- Visit the local pool or recreation center. As we all know, swimming is an excellent workout. Take advantage of a local indoor pool or recreation center, where there will be plenty of kid-friendly equipment.
- Sign up for some activities. Camps are usually not open yet, but there are a multitude of other activities available at recreational facilities, community organizations or associations, and local fitness studies.
- Schedule some family fitness time. Not only will you be setting a good example for your kids by showing them that you want to stay fit, but you can also spend some quality time with your whole family. Take the dog for a walk, play basketball at the park, or go on a bike ride.
- Sign up for a new sport. Participating in a spring sports team is always a good idea because, not only will it keep your children busy, but sports are a great way to stay healthy and fit. Try something different, such as rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee, or even dance.
Incorporating these suggestions into your children’s daily routines, even after spring break is over, will help them succeed at school, excel in their extracurricular activities, and keep them healthy and fit.
If you would like more information on establishing a fitness routine for yourself or your family, contact Fitness Together Ellicott City today!