The school bell has rung for the final
time this year. The kids are home. You have a few ideas to keep the kids
fit, but it is hard to compete with cartoons, MySpace, and Nintendo.
Obesity rates among children are reaching epidemic proportions, due in
large part to a sedentary generation of kids. So, how can you keep your
kids moving this summer? It does not take a lot of money, time, or
advance planning to add fitness into your kids' summertime activities.
Here are a few summer fitness ideas for kids of all ages:
Family Walks - Schedule a family walk
through the neighborhood after dinner. Ask your local parks and recreation
service about hiking trails in your area. If the weather is uncooperative, try a
walk through the local mall.
Vacation Days - Try a vacation day to the beach, with boogie boards to
boot. Or try a local theme park. All of the walking from ride to ride adds up.
Kids Camps - Check out your YMCA or Boys & Girls Club to find out what
sports camps are available this summer.
Neighborhood Games - Invite the neighborhood kids for an old fashioned
game of hide and seek, kick the can, or stickball.
Buy the Basics - If expensive exercise equipment is not in your budget,
just purchase a few jump ropes and balls for your children to use.
Family Challenges - Set up some family challenges for the summer. Keep
track of each family member's progress on a chart. Who can do the most push-ups
during a segment of television commercials? Who can complete 100 jumping jacks
Crazy Adventures - Older kids may enjoy skateboarding parks or indoor
rock climbing gyms. With the proper safety equipment in place, these activities
are a good way to keep older kids from becoming couch potatoes.
Set the Example - What are you doing to set the example for your child?
Does your child see you participating in recreational sports, fitness classes,
weight training, bike riding, or outdoor walks?
School is out for the summer. But that does not
mean that kids are resigned to three months on the sofa. Aim for one form of
family exercise each day. Your kids, and you, will enjoy the health benefits for
years to come.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading
dance-fitness program with more than 6,800 instructors teaching 30,000 classes
weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all
ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program,
designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For
more information on Jazzercise go to
http://www.jazzercise.com or call
(800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.