Keeping Your Kids Active After School
It’s September which means summer is officially over and a new school year has begun! While a new school year tends to bring a busier schedule, after school homework, and less “running around” time for your children, it’s important to keep kids active after school, and off the couch, in order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. Following is a list of great ways to keep your kids healthy and active after the final school bell rings.
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It’s September which means summer is officially over and a new school year has begun!
While a new school year tends to bring a busier schedule, after school homework, and less “running around” time for your children, it’s important to keep kids active after school, and off the couch, in order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. Following is a list of great ways to keep your kids healthy and active after the final school bell rings.
1. Ride a Bike
For those of you who live close to your community’s elementary school, having your children ride their bicycle to and from school is a great and simple way to encourage exercise. Not comfortable having your child ride alone? Round up older neighbors to join in and supervise or better yet, ride your bike with your child! Not only will you be a role model in living a healthy and active lifestyle, you’ll also get a daily workout that may be hard to squeeze in otherwise.
2. Find a Fun Sport
Signing your child up for after school sports is a no brainer when it comes to keeping children healthy and active.
In addition, after school sports build self-confidence, foster leadership skills and give your child the ability to work as a team player. An all around win-win! If your child is not the aggressive type and is more interested in solo activities, martial arts may be a better fit. Karate and tae kwon do are great programs that not only keep your child busy and active but also promote self-discipline and self-confidence.
3. Schedule Playtime
With new technology and technological advancements emerging everyday, children are spending more time than ever in front of a screen.
However, too much screen time at a young age can have a number of long-term consequences both mentally and physically. Once homework is finished for the night, encourage playtime with friends or neighbors and limit the amount of time your child spends in front of a screen to fewer than two hours per day, according to NAPSA.
Make physical activity a part of your child’s everyday after-school schedule, no matter what. Before you know it, physical activity will become a regular habit for your child, and not something you need to remind them to do.
4. Call for Backup
If you aren’t available right after school, call in a babysitter to make sure your children do something active outside, whether it’s riding their bike around the neighborhood, jumping rope on the driveway, or playing tag in the backyard.
5. Do it Together
Most importantly, lead by example.
If you want your children to live a healthy and active lifestyle, it’s important that you as a parent are living an active life as well. Live Streaming Fitness is a great resource for families to enjoy together. Whether it’s engaging in one of LSF’s 24/7 streaming fitness classes, implementing its weekly health tips, or joining an on-demand cooking class, Live Streaming Fitness is dedicated to providing convenient and affordable healthy living resources and opportunities to ensure every family has the opportunity to live their greatest life.
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