Motivate Your Kids to be More Active this Summer!
July 19, 2013
Blank Children's Hospital
With obesity rates rising in children, it is important to keep your kids moving no matter what the temperature is outside. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that children engage in physical ACTIVITY one hour per day.
We all know kids love electronics and today's lifestyle seems to be geared to more sedentary activities like texting, video games and motorized bikes and scooters! The goal for parents is to get their kids interested in a sport or an activity that they love to do. We all know most kids are not interested in most cardio equipment such as the treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine.
Here are some creative ways to get your kids moving this summer:
There are so many ways to keep kids active during the summer both outside and inside. All you have to do is get creative!
- First teach your children about the benefits of exercise. Kids need to know at an early age that exercise can improve their health.
- Get the whole family involved. Being a part of a team is important for kids to understand. Exercise can be more fun when doing it together as a family. One example can be a walk in the park or a family bike ride.
- Research local activities in your community. Here in Des Moines, there is Yoga in the Park and many community centers offer exercise classes and other active events. You can also utilize your local library for books on exercise. Remember that all kids have different interests. Don't forget to ask your kids what they would like to do.
- Develop a habit just like brushing your teeth! Try to make exercise a part of your normal routine. Some ideas are: take a walk after dinner, bike ride Sundays or basketball Saturdays.
Looking for other things to do in the summer when it's too hot to play outside? Check out our Things to Do with Kids in Des Moines article
- Swimming can be done both indoor and outside. Contact your community pool for hours and summertime lessons. Also many YMCA's and schools also have open swim hours. Most public beaches are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Plan a day at the beach that includes swimming.
- Look for summer camps in your area. Many local gyms offer kids programs such as triathlon training, tennis, soccer, or baseball leagues.
- When the temperature is too hot for outdoor exercise, utilize indoor rock climbing centers, skating rinks or places like Sky Zone trampoline park.
- Try to get your kids to try a new sport. Consider signing them up for basketball, tennis lessons or soccer.
- Have fun at home. Make an obstacle course in your back yard. You can set up cones, use jump ropes, blocks and the swing set. You can time them using a stop watch and track their progress. Have a Hula Hoop or bike race contest.
- Remember Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect has kids yoga, Zumba and kickboxing.
- Have a family fitness night and go bowling together or have a dance competition.