Summer Fitness Fun
Schools out for the summer! The sun is shining, the weather is hot and your kids are restless. How do you occupy them the next 10 weeks? It’s time to get creative parents, and remember that the television is not the best babysitter.
Canada was recently given a grade of a D- when it comes to fitness and children. A D- ! How is that possible when we have so many great resources at our finger tips? Easy! We are a society that’s opted for convenience. Time and costs are our other excuses and I’m sure we can come up with many more if we really tried.
Canada… It’s time to wake up and quit making excuses. There are plenty of options out there for you and your kids to explore without breaking the bank. Yes, you may have to spend some time doing it, but these are your kids after all. You hold their well being, health, and future in your hands. Parents, you are who they trust. Don’t let them down.
Below is a list of activities that will get you out there, get you moving and having fun.
1. Every municipality puts out a summer guide for Parks and Recreation. Take advantage of the information in there. Recreational swim times are readily available throughout the next 9 weeks. For a minimal cost you and the kiddies can stay fit and stay cool this summer.
2. The saying “Canada is yours to discover” says it all. We have national parks, swimming pools, hiking trails, picnic grounds, playgrounds and much much more. Get out there and see this great country that’s right in your backyard.
3. Grab your neighbours, friends, family and have a friendly game of baseball, capture the flag, or flag football. Nothing spells more fun then competing against your kids, parents, family and friends.
4. This one requires a bit of prep work but is well worth it. A scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids to work together or individually. If you don’t have the time to hide things, do a nature scavenger hunt. List things you can find out in nature and start the stopwatch to see how long it takes for everyone to collect everything.
5. Water fights and sprinkler wars help beat the heat and are lots of fun.
6. Get on that bike, pack a picnic and head to a trail. Go explore all the amazing trails this city has to offer.
7. It’s raining? Don’t worry! Slip and slide across that grass. How much fun is it to get wet and dirty?
My point is that if you put your mind to it, the ideas for summer fun are endless.
Stay Fit ... Stay Healthy!
Enjoy your summer!
About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at www.H2Tdryland.com.