Staying active, fit and healthy is imperative for everybody, of all ages. But it is especially imperative for our children. During their formative years our children are growing at all times, at a rate of knots. And it is because of this that their growth should be stimulated as well as possible by them being as active as possible. And who does the job of keeping them as active as possible fall to? Us, their parents. If you are a parent then make sure to take heed of the advice below on how best to get your children more active this summer.
Because your children won’t be at school for a large majority of the summer, they will instantly lose the things that normally keep them active: their walk to school and their physical activities at school. So, you have to make sure you subsidise for this loss of activity. And one way to do so is to ensure that they still get out of the house regularly. And a place to take them that will always offer them a plethora of ways to keep active is your local nature park or reserve. These are huge open spaces, filled with fields and forests, that are perfect for dog walking, hiking and animal spotting. And if this doesn’t sound like something you could get your children excited about, then fear not as there are more often than not children’s play areas in these parks too. Or you could just ‘accidentally’ get yourself and your children lost during a walk in a forest! But whatever you do, just watch out for any unsavoury mess left by dogs.
Another active family day out you could take your children on is a trip to the beach. Yes, your idea of the perfect beach day may include sunbathing and eating ice-cream. And yes, these aren’t the most active or healthy of activities. But a trip to the beach doesn’t just have to comprise of these sorts of activities. It can comprise of a whole host of active activities too. One beach game that will keep your kids active and entertained throughout the whole day is a teaspoon treasure hunt. Basically, you dig holes about the beach (whilst your children are preoccupied) and place your spare shrapnel in the holes. You then cover the holes over, return to your kids, and give them each a teaspoon. They should then use the teaspoon they are given to help them dig up the shrapnel once they think they have located it. This is a game that will keep your children running around for hours — if you hide your spare shrapnel well enough — meaning they are kept active for hours too.
But you don’t have to leave your premises or even your home to keep the kids active. There are a whole host of things that you can do in your garden and home to keep your children active. The important thing to remember in this venture, however, is that your TV and your children’s games consoles are always accessible.This means you have to make the active activity that you are involving your children in as interesting as can be. And your first port of call in this instance should be to take a look at some trampolines, find the one your children will love the most, and buy it. A trampoline is the perfect way to keep you children active in your garden as it offers them up a plethora of opportunities to have fun. They can bounce. They can attempt certain types of jumps and flips. They can play games. Basically, it is the perfect way to keep your children active over an extended period of time. What’s more, it means your grass won’t be too badly beaten either! But if it rains, fear not as you could keep your children active indoors too. One way to do so is to simply do a bit of redecorating. Anybody that has redecorated before can attest to the fact that it is a strenuous and long-drawn out exercise. So, why not ask your kids to help you with some during the summer? That way you keep your children active, and your home gets a bit of TLC too.
So, as easy as it may be to just let your children plonk themselves in front of the TV or their game console this summer, don’t give in. Don’t let them waste the summers of their youth doing nothing — both because it won’t keep them active, and because it won’t allow them to build memories.