Keep Your Kids Active This Summer!

By Jessica Burr, ARNP and Certified Lactation Consultant –

The summer heat is upon us! With the kids on summer break, it can be hard to get them to do much besides watching TV, playing video games, and staying inside. But staying fit during summer break is extremely important for our children.

Exercise is an easy way to help our minds and bodies feel good. Just a few of the many benefits of regular exercise include:

• Aiding in digestion
• Helping with sleep
• Releasing endorphins (feel good receptors) in our bodies
• Fighting off illness

Try your best to get your kids to be physically active for at least one hour each day. You may be wondering what you can do to help your kids stay active this summer.

One of the best ways for kids to remain physically active over the sum-mer is to participate in some form of summer camp. Summer camps provide young people with all sorts of opportunities to remain active. You can find out about summer camps offered in your area by visiting a local recreation center, city hall, or even your school. If summer camps aren’t an option for you, there are lots of other ways to keep your kids active. Here is a list of some activities you and your child may want to engage in this summer:

SWIMMING: Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. If your child loves to swim, but you don’t have a pool, visit a friend’s house or head to your local public pool. Public pools are inexpensive and usually have many fun things to play on like diving boards and waterslides. Always make sure a lifeguard is present!

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PLAYING OUTSIDE: Any form of the game “tag” is a great way to exercise. Gather the neighborhood kids and play a game of tag. It is a fun way to get kids running, and they won’t even know they are 0exercising. Walking and bike riding is also a perfect way to get some exercise outside. Go riding with friends or find a cool nature trail to walk.

MAKE SHOPPING EXERCISE: Do your teenagers like going to the mall? Before shopping, have them walk around the mall for 20-30 minutes. If they are moving constantly for an extended period of time, then they are exercising!

YOUTUBE FITNESS VIDEOS: Check out YouTube for exercise videos. There are great videos for stretching, aerobics, yoga, and more. The best thing about these videos is that many range from five minutes to more than an hour, so everyone can find something that best fits their needs.  (click to read the full article)