Why it’s important to keep your kids active during the summer holidays
A recent study regarding children’s health has suggested that kids can lose up to 80% of their fitness during the summer months when on holiday from school. This has rattled parents and organisations alike who are finding it increasingly difficult to find ways to keep children active. A study conducted by UK Active on 400 pupils found that after the holidays children were unable to exert themselves for as long before having to stop from being exhausted. The long term health benefits of term time exercise are lost almost entirely if children don’t engage in their recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.
Parents cited a lack of time and funds as a main cause, meaning more and more children are left in front of screens to occupy their time, instead of being outdoors playing or exercising.
To help combat this we’ve come up with a few tips that can help you keep your kids active this summer.
- Try exercising together! If your little one isn’t getting enough time being active each day, it’s likely you aren’t either. Why not enjoy the warm weather together by going on a brisk walking adventure each afternoon or evening. Or if you want more of a challenge you can try a Junior Parkrun. These 2k events are held every week and are free to participate in. There’s always the regular 5k Parkrun every Saturday too for older kids with energy to spare!
- Check out camps, activities, and regular sports meet ups. There are always tons of camps for almost every sporting activity you can think of, and a few that you’ve likely never heard of! We host lots here at Sportspace and work with some great partners to provide top quality tuition. Taking lessons provides confidence and gives children something to fall in love with. They can then go and spend their summers practicing their new favourite sport or activity.
- Get cooking! Make sure your child is getting the best nutrition possible; this could mean quality time in the kitchen cooking together too. Staying healthy is all about forming good habits, which can be hard for children to do alone. Show them how to eat well and they’ll be healthier for it. More importantly, they’ll be full of energy! They won’t want to be stuck sat in front of the telly when they’re full of healthy treats! When they’re all fuelled up head out for that quick kick-about in the park, or go for a short swim together. The exercise doesn’t have to take ages, a short, well fuelled activity will do wonders for them in the long run.
Have you got tips you’d like to share with us for keeping our kids fit throughout summer?