Keep Kids Active This Summer
Shalom Christian Academy’s Athletic Director Murray Roseman shares ways parents can help kids stay active over the summer months.
We all know physical activity improves health and reduces the risk of developing obesity and several diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The good news is physical activity also has immediate and long-term benefits that can give you better quality of life. A sedentary lifestyle and the over-use of technology including television, phones, tablets, and video games are the main roadblocks that prevent children from being active.
Parents should consider scheduling physical activity and other important behaviors and skills into their child’s day. An easy way to accomplish this is through organized sports. Organized sports are beneficial, helping growing children physically but also socially, mentally, and psychologically. The benefits reach far beyond healthy habits to include self-discipline, social skills, teamwork, improved sense of self-worth, and character development.
Here are some simple ways to keep your children active and engaged this summer:
- Give children chores to do around the house. This will teach them responsibility.
- Make time to play with your children every day. This will help build a relationship with them and they will also learn from your example.
- Help children set athletic goals that match their interests. Children love challenges—reward them for their hard work.
- Schedule weekend outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, or trips to an amusement park.
- Register your child for camp or a summer enrichment program. This will help them learn new skills.