The last bell of the school year will soon be dismissing the kids for summer break.
We’re all familiar with this feeling of freedom and looking forward to homework-free nights and sleeping in. With the excitement of summer in the air, one can easily forget about the importance of staying active. Although many summer breaks are filled with family vacations, day trips, and summer jobs; it’s essential that children maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the summer.
In today’s technology infused world, it can be tempting for kids to want to hang out inside and play video games, roam the internet, and text their friends. While this is certainly part of being a kid, it’s also important to bring back play and ensure your kids are getting the physical activity they need in order to grow and develop into healthy adults.
Here are 5 easy ways to keep your kids active this summer
Head to the orchards
A trip to a local orchard or farm is a great family activity that keeps everyone moving and involved. Whether you pick apples, berries, cucumbers, or potatoes, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious treat and a beautiful day in the sunshine. Use this list to find the nearest farms and orchards.
Keep the wheels spinning
Riding bicycles and roller skating are great activities for the entire family. For children with training wheels, summer is the perfect time for them to learn how to ride a two-wheeler. Bike rides don’t have to be long – even a short, daily ride can do wonders to activity levels. Use this map to find a bicycle trail near you. Make sure to wear a properly fitted helmet.
Get in the water
We all know that summer means swimming! Swimming is a fun activity and burns many calories. The health benefits associated with swimming are endless: your flexibility, heart, and muscle tone and strength can all improve with regular swimming. There are many options available in Nova Scotia – swimming pools, beaches, lakes, rivers and creeks. Kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating are other water activities to keep kids active while having fun. Don’t forget your life-jackets!
Rise and shine
Starting off the day with yoga or stretching wakes up the body and targets all of the places that might need a little extra space and life breathed into them after a night of sleep. Deep breathing will give you an energy boost that will last all day, allowing you to face a busy summer day. Get the kids involved and have them choose one of the many beginner programs and videos available online.
Stick to the basics
Jumping rope and hula-hooping are very popular ways to keep kids fit. Both jump ropes and hula-hoops are inexpensive and can be used in the convenience of your own yard or driveway. Besides being active, jumping rope and hula-hopping teach children co-ordination.
Keeping the kids active provides them with better sleeps at night and more energy in the days. Be sure to wear and reapply sunscreen that has an SPF 30 or higher while participating in outdoor activities. Remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and practice sun-safety at all times.
The best part about summer is all the fun there is to be had!
What is your favourite summer activity to do with the kids? Add your ideas in the comments section below.