Four Ways to Keep Your Kids Active this Spring

| April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

Hit the pool at your local recreation center: Aquatic activity is an excellent total body workout and spring 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 this spring.

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 frisbee. Sign them up for a spring sports camp or recreational team; to not only try something new, but also to keep them active as spring rolls in to summer.

As you plan for your children’s spring activities 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. Fitness is as much about the mental as it is about the physical, and that success legacy can be passed on from generation to generation. Why not lead the charge now, to alter the fitness and health pathways for your great great great grandchildren and their children and so on and so on? It is important to set the foundation today for making fitness a priority in your life and your children’s.

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