School’s still out for your kids right now, are they enjoying their summer? We’ve all seen the commercials encouraging the children to go outside and play, but some kids just don’t want to deal with the unbearable summer heat. As a result, a lot of parents worry that their kids will end up being couch potatoes, just loafing around and playing videogames and watching TV excessively. So how can we fix this? How can we make our kid’s summer more enjoyable? There are a lot of different activities that parents can do with their kids that can keep them healthy during the summer.
The most basic thing you can do to keep your kids active is implementing an active indoor activity. Instead of relying on your back or front yard, try making household activities, like cleaning, more fun and active for your kids. Try to incorporate your kids toys as well to keep them going in the comfort of the home. Video games have significantly improved over the years, with the video game consoles supporting body recognition and movement recognition. In fact, there are several games on consoles like the Wii/WiiU and the Xbox 360 that incorporate a camera/sensor with their games to create a fun workout. Games like the Wii FitU or the Kinect Adventures on the Xbox 360 will have your kids jumping, running in place, and moving through a variety of fun activities that will keep them entertained. Dancing games also exist for these consoles for your kids who enjoy that as well.
For the parents who just do not allow video games in the house, consider being active with your kids and take fitness courses at your local YMCA or swimming center. There are several summer programs at your local Y that you can experience with your child that will keep both of you active and enjoying each other. Family classes are available for anyone who want to take advantage of the bonding opportunities with their child.
If you can’t quite find the time to do family courses, you can always go for the classics: Buy your kids toys that will keep them active. Jump ropes are great and don’t need a whole lot of space outside or even inside to use. Buying some balls will also keep your kid active because there are many games such as handball, that your child can enjoy with their friends or other siblings. Having a mini workout area indoors can also promote good workout habits too. I’m not saying have your children bench press or do weighted squats, but having resistance bands and some very light dumbbells can be used to have a small workout session that everyone can enjoy.
You can also consider doing either morning exercises or evening, both avoiding the potentially hot day. Going for a walk in the parks help curb the heat with the presence of the trees blocking the sun’s rays. Also having a good walk is healthy for any age.
While considering all this, remember to keep your kids hydrated and well fed. Consider giving them healthy snack alternatives between their physical activity and make sure that you are providing adequate supervision during their exercises. Hydration is also crucial during your children’s workout. Just with any adult, children need to be properly hydrated, so make sure to give them lots of water or fresh juice.