What do you do when your children’s summer vacation begins? For many parents, it is easiest just to keep them entertained with the television, while other sedentary activities like playing computer games or browsing the internet can also absorb a lot of their time. The problem is that while this may keep them happy, it does not keep them healthy. Studies have shown that kids are prone to putting on weight over the summer, which can lead to problems when they get back to school.
All it takes is an hour of exercise a day to keep your kids fit. They are more likely to engage in it if it is something fun, so why not take the time to do something together as a family? It might do you good too!
Fun family activities – out and about
There are plenty of fun things you can do as a family to help your kids become more active. These are some of the best:
- Going to the beach – jump in and out of the waves, swim, build sandcastles, bury each other in the sand, play volleyball. There are plenty of ways to have fun with a bit of sea and sand.
- Going camping – walk through wild places, climb trees, build fires, put up tents, chase small animals and discover the wonders of nature together.
- Visiting a museum – modern, hands-on museums offer many activities to get kids moving, and provide an education at the same time.
- Going sailing – from the humble kayak to a full-size dinghy where you have to work as a team, sailing presents exciting challenges for children and teenagers.
Get your skates on!
One activity that many parents will remember fondly from growing up themselves is rollerblading. It is worth looking now to find new skates in time for summer because modern rollerblades are much safer than the ones you will have used in the past. You can find them in all sizes today, so rollerblading is an activity that the whole family can enjoy together. It is a great way to explore your local park or just have fun on the sidewalk near your home.
The benefits of the outdoor life
People who are active as kids are far more likely to remain active as adults, lowering their risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, helping them stay slim and increasing their overall life expectancy. Exposure to sunlight helps their bodies produce vitamin D, so they can build strong bones. Being active also helps them to sleep better and improves their overall energy levels. This improves concentration and mental acuity, giving an overall boost to their creativity and learning skills. It is a great way to prepare kids for success in the following school year.
Although it may seem difficult to fit in activities like these, it is only after children have grown that we realize how fast it happened. Parents need to make the most of these wonderful years, and active family time together can give everyone memories to treasure.