3.12.18: Keeping Kids Active During School Breaks
Spring Break season is here – families are hitting the beach, hitting the slopes, or hanging at home. More unstructured time can lead to more screen time – we need to make sure our kiddos keep moving when gym class is not in session.
American children arent getting the physical activity they need. Only a third of children are physically active on a daily basis, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
From the beginning of the year, kids start looking forward to their break. It’s a time to relax from the workload of school, have fun and enjoy a little freedom in the (hopefully) warmer weather.
That said, it’s still recommended children get a minimum of minutes of exercise or activity every day. While many kids see spring break as a time to “veg out” on the couch, parents and caregivers can plan ahead and make sure their spring break is full of both fun and activity.
Here are some tactics you can try:
If you are able to get out of town or to a nearby park or resort, consider family adventure sports – go snowboarding, rock climbing, or river rafting as a crew.
Can’t get away? Going for a local hike and bird-watching expedition or starting a small backyard garden are fun ways to plan something together and make it happen.
Even something as basic and fun as daily family walks throughout the break can be the start of a great habit and a way to get closer.
Or, use tech to your advantage with fitness apps for the whole family.
Flashfit is an easy, fun-to-use app providing aerobic and strength-building exercises in one-minute bursts. Your school can build teams and groups, compete and gamify to increase student engagement and reward participation. No special equipment needed – kids can move their bodies anywhere. #jointhemob
SparkPE, P&G Everyday