Kids should be active. It helps improve their bones and muscles, helps increase their confidence, can help them think better, and, of course, can help their social skills. Keeping your kids active and having fun is one of the most important things that you can do as a parent, but it can be difficult to keep it up throughout the year. When winter settles in, it’s all too easy to let your efforts lax, and by spring, your kids may not be as interested in being active as before, particularly if they discovered a love of video games during the winters.
Staying active is something that can benefit your children throughout their lives, so use these top four tips to get your kids active throughout the year:
Be Active as a Family
One of the best ways to get your kids more active is to be active together as a family. This doesn’t have to be big, planned events. Buy various sports paraphernalia like a football, tennis ball and rackets, and so on and go to the park or beach and play and have fun together. It’s a great bonding method and a great way to make those summer days even better.
Go on Hikes (or Bike Rides) Together
Another great way to stay active in the spring, summer, and autumn months is by going on walks. This could be a long hike or simply a walk around the biggest parks in your area. With so much great countryside to discover, going on hikes or bike rides together as a family is an excellent way to see more of the country and stay active.
Join a Team or Community
Another way to get your kids to stay active throughout the year is to make it a social activity. If they like team sports, joining a team is a great option. If they aren’t a team player or don’t like the game format of team sports, then there are many options where they can join a community instead. Skating, for example, has a huge following that is now very diverse and populated with people of all ages. It is notorious for its welcoming community and is very easy to get involved in thanks to the many public skate parks. You will just need to invest in a Triple Eight helmet, a board (or skates), and your kids can get started.
Find Indoor, Budget-Friendly Activities
Another option is to look for budget-friendly indoor activities. Community centres, swimming centres, and the like are all great locations. From organised games, to swimming lessons, to even self-defence classes, there are many options to keep your kids active and having fun even when it’s cold and dreary outside. If you are low on funds, find either free events, or save up in the summer by enjoying free activities amongst your family so that your kids can learn and stay active during the winter. You could even organise activities for your community and pool together the cost to rent a room or studio.