The holidays are almost here, which means for some parents 6 weeks of making sure the kids don’t spend their summer in front of the TV. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how important it is to you that your children stay healthy and active, especially during the holidays. Physical Activity Guidelines even recommend that children should take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday. For most parents an hour a day can seem like a daunting task, which is why we’ve come up with 6 easy ways to keep your kids moving and make the most out of their summer.
1. Limit technology time
During the long summer period it’s easy for kids to spend way too much time in front of the TV, computer, tablet or their phone. It’s really important that screen time is limited and kids are encouraged to take part in other activities instead. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours of screen time a day, leaving plenty of time for physical activities.
2. Get the whole family involved
Getting together and being active as a whole family is an easy way to get the kids moving around. It probably won’t even feel as if they are exercising as they are having fun at the same time as spending quality time with siblings and parents. Try going out for a family bike ride or planning a long walk in the local woods. You could even pack a picnic.
If the kids (or adults) are feeling competitive then spend the afternoon playing a game of family rounders, cricket or tennis. Make things more exciting by having a mini tournament.
3. Make it fun
Many kids associate exercise with ‘not so fun’ activities such as running or sports they don’t like in P.E. It’s important to encourage as well as remind your children that there are lots of fun alternatives. This could include trampolining, volleyball, ice-skating, swimming, rounders’, rollerblading or even horse riding.
4. Be resourceful
Many parents (and children) think that they have to leave the house to be active, which is far from the truth. Be resourceful with what you may already have at home- such as skipping ropes, footballs, frisbees and tennis rackets. You might even have a trampoline in your back garden- so make sure it gets used!
Getting the kids to use their imagination and make up games or challenges can also be an easy way to get them moving around and playing at home.
5. Look for interesting clubs/day activities
Another great way to get your child moving this summer is by encouraging them to join a club. It’s important to think outside the box and find activities that might not be considered as exercise but as a hobby. There are tons of interesting clubs out there such as dancing, martial arts, kickboxing, gymnastics, horse riding, rowing, swimming, ballet, basketball and cheerleading. But shh! – It’s exercise in disguise.
6. Set an example
If you want your kids to be active then it’s vital that you set a good example and are active yourself. Make a point of showing them what you do to stay fit and healthy. If your routine is child friendly then why not get them to join in with you one day? It would be a fun way to encourage your kids and motivate them to want to be fit and healthy.
For more in-depth information about the recommended physical guidelines for children and what is classed as physical activity visit this NHS web page. It has all the important details you need to know.