Summer is here, which means school holidays are around the corner. It is time to start thinking about the holidays, and how you can keep your kids active during the holiday season.
Every year, new statistics show an increasing number of Aussie kids are becoming overweight. It is important for us to teach our kids to good habits to stay active, as these habits can will stay with them through adulthood. With summer here, and 8 weeks of school holidays, what better time to get your kids active!
With 8 weeks of holidays there are bound to be a few birthdays, and of course there is Christmas, so our first tip to you, is to give gifts that require physical activity. December time is one of the best times of the year for us to enjoy Australia’s summer and outdoor activities. As adults we may see exercise as chore but it does not have to be boring, so the idea is to find activities for our kids to do, without the exercise feeling like exercise at all. Gifts such as bicycles and scooters, footy balls and cricket bats are great gifts that involves physical activity, but is fun.
Our second tip is take your kids to an indoor play centre. There are lots to choose from. Some of my favourites are the ice rink, indoor trampolines and rock climbing. These activities will keep your kids busy. They will be having too much fun and not even realise that they are exercising.
As parents it is very important that we don’t just let our kids sit in front of the tv or on the iPad all day every day. By following these suggestions you will gain more benefits than you even realise. Your kids will be socialising with other kids, they will be getting much needed vitamin D when outdoors, and without them knowing, you will be tiring them out so they will sleep well during the night, and not nag to stay up past their bed times.