Keeping Kids Active During Winter Break
By Brandi Swieter
Most schools give students a winter break around Christmastime that often lasts until past the new year. Many kids spend their break sitting at home enjoying their new toys and sitting in front of the television. Rather than allowing this to happen, parents should do their best to keep their children entertained over holiday break by keeping them active with fitness activities. There’s plenty to do both indoors and out that will give everyone the level of activity they need.
Rather than letting kids remain inside for the entire duration of their vacation, it’s important to give them some outdoor playtime. The outdoors has much more space, which allows children to run, jump and explore better than if they were to stay indoors. Even if the weather is less than ideal, kids can get bundled up in coats, gloves, and hats so they can still enjoy time outside.
Fit Kids Class
Parents can look into a fit kids class in their area. Classes of this nature allow children who struggle with fitness to gain the tools they need to become better at staying active. The class incorporates exercise into each session, often in different forms. While one class may be about yoga and stretching, another may involve dance. The class also focuses on teaching healthy recipes and providing a snack to kids they may actually enjoy.
Instead of giving toys and games that keep kids inside sitting around, parents should do better by purchasing fitness gifts. Things like footballs that can be tossed around outside, hula hoops, jump ropes, and other fitness-related items are great options. They make kids get up and get active so they can burn calories and stay fit.
Family Fitness Fun
Planning a day of family fitness fun, such as going for a hike, skating, or even just to the park is a great way to ensure a high level of activity for children. If parents don’t want their kids sitting around, then they too have to get up and get active to ensure their children will as well. Activities like these should regularly get planned into the holiday vacation so multiple days are filled with exercise and athletic events that keep kids on their feet.
Staying active may not always be easy, but it is well worth it for kids to remain fit and get in some exercise wherever possible. Families can use their holiday break to get in some fitness time and make the most of their vacation.
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