Keeping Kids Active During Summer Break

Help your kids stay healthy and active during the summer months

Summer break is almost here: a thought that brings joy to kids and maybe a little anxiety to parents. But summer activities for kids are important, especially these days in the screen age. Kids need to be active every day, whether school is in session or not. In addition to the obvious physical benefits, staying active helps develop cognitive skills and build life skills related to teamwork and leadership. Here are some ways you can plan ahead for kids of any age to help them stay healthy—and save your summer sanity!

Toddlers

Toddlers need 60 to 90 minutes of outdoor activity a day with a mixture of structured and unstructured free time. And remember, fancy toys may be fun but a good old-fashioned, inexpensive ball can also be hours of fun entertainment and exercise.

Pre-schoolers

At this age, it helps to help them find friends their age and get them outside together for easy activities like walking, running or playing in the park. Learning to swim is a great idea, too.

School-aged children

This is the best age to help you children find a sport they love and get going with a physical activity to get their heart rates up for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. And until you find their ideal sport, a brisk walk is also good for maintaining fitness.

Teens

Find ways to make workouts enjoyable. Do they like nature? Check out local clubs that sponsor camping or hiking outings. Interested in martial arts or dance? Look into classes at your local YMCA or community center. A dose of endorphins is a good way to help you avoid the typical sullen teen syndrome.

 

The most important thing to remember about fun activities for kids this summer? Have fun! Work in a family bike ride, a nature walk at a park or preserve, even a game of tag at the park and you might be amazed at how quickly the benefits pay off in terms of happier, healthier kids—and a happier, healthier you!

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