So, the summer holidays have arrived. Umpteen weeks for the kids to enjoy time from school. You should see the smile on my boy’s face. I guess I can remember those days…
Now, I usually sign-up for ”my little stinker” for summer school. They have so many outings, activities and I don’t have to worry about what he’s doing.
This year, being a little older, he decided he knows best and would do his own thing—a couple of weeks past and the boredom set in.
”I told you so.”
Anyway, I detailed all this in my blog, which helps readers learn the best health and fitness approach in the sunshine state.
It was too late to join the summer camp, so I suggested we do a few sports activities. The number of time children is glued to their phone, playing online games, or just lazing about it really isn’t good. In our gadget-free childhood, we didn’t have to think about keeping fit and healthy because it happened naturally. Today’s children need motivation, and that’s why it is good for parents to encourage their children to engage in sport. It’s a great way to keep fit, too. See if you can get the kids running about without them even realizing they are burning calories!
Living in West Palm Beach, Florida, we are fortunate. We have many parks to choose from. If you don’t want to travel further afield, play in the backyard.
Here are a few tips that I follow with my own kids:
Hop, skip & jump (or hopscotch if you like)
(3 – 7 years)
The only way you will get them involved in sport and fitness is by making it fun with young children. It’s a great way to build not only strength but confidence and important for socialization. Hop, skip & jump is important for motor skills. Why not add a little climbing, too. Hanging on the monkey bars. Playing catch is fun and brilliant for coordination. Show the little ones how to keep that hula hoop spinning (30 seconds, not bad). Probably the most important thing is teaching your children to swim. Mixing a session of tuition and them fun ‘n’ splash works well.
Teenagers – The Wonder Years
School holidays are a great time for teenagers to build fitness and conditioning. Did you know that many schools offer sports classes to learn about new skills? If they love swimming, why not enroll in a junior lifeguard training course. I never learned to swim in my younger years, and it is something I regret.
Keeping fit and life-saving skills. It doesn’t get much better, hey.
I know my son has really enjoyed getting on his bike and visiting friends. It saves me taking him in the car, and his fitness is improving. It is good for independence, too.
Be sensible. At the hottest time of the day, it really doesn’t make sense to do exercise. It will be much more enjoyable early morning or later that evening.
Make sure you use sunscreen, although a little bit of sun is good for vitamin D. to Remember to take the sunscreen with you because you will need to reapply throughout the day. Better safe than sorry! Wear a baseball cap, drink lots of fluids and make sure(please) that you have a bottle of water at all times.
All sport is good for a cardiovascular workout. One of my favorite sayings: ”You don’t run the race to win – but finish well.”
Leave the gadgets at home.
I know it seems impossible to leave your phone at home, but why not enjoy some family time without distractions. If you are walking on the beach and looking at your phone, then take a moment to stop and consider it really more important!
Why not plan for a day at the beach. Walking, playing ball, chasing seagulls, and a relaxing picnic with lots of healthy food.
Sounds like a great idea.
Bio: Marlene Rice is a fitness coach with over 20 years of experience working with clients across the United States. Please take a look at her website Palm Beach Coach. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, she is a professional fitness consultant for counties in the sunshine state. If you are interested in losing weight, fitness, or motivation, contact [email protected] for further details.