Building healthy habits now can help to ensure that your child isn't at risk for obesity and keep them on track for next school year!! I am so thankful that my boys' school hands out to each student a Summer Bridge Book to help them from falling behind during the summer. It's just one activity page per day so it's not too time consuming!
Here are some ideas to help build healthy habits with your kids this summer!
1. 20 Minutes/3 times a week: Help your kids build stamina and support healthy growth with vigorous activity for at least 20 minutes, three times a week.
- Try: Kicking, catching or chasing a ball. Pedaling and pushing with a bike, rollerblades or scooter. Bonus: Set and achieve a family health goal by teaming up for community or charity races, walks or bike rides!
3. Teach your child confidence and compassion: With self-esteem and teamwork, kids can feel connected to their family, friends and communities.
- Try volunteering with your kids to help them discover the rich rewards that come from helping others! Help your children learn to both fail and succeed by trying new competitions, taking risks and learning about themselves.
- Try to create a summer reading list that will help keep your kids on track for the next school year! Also, check with your local library, most will have fun summer reading activities and contests! The library is a great rainy day activity!
- Since I work full time, the boys will be spending most of the summer with my mom, but they will also be participating in some summer camps. I didn't want to just sign them up for what I wanted, I wanted them to pick things that interested them, but encouraged them to try new things as well!
What do you do during the summer months to help keep your kids on track with school and fitness?