Wellness

Keep Kids Moving During the Summer

Keep Kids Moving During the Summer

We all know how good it feels to put your feet up, relax and sit in front of the television with the air conditioning cranked up... But, you should always remember just how important it is for everyone to stay active, especially kids! This summer, encourage the kids get out and explore new places like parks, hiking trails, nature preserves, lakes and more. Let them use their imagination and take control of being active. Kelsey Newman, owner of Positive LifeForce Fitness and Wellness Center in Endwellsays that "We've got to let kids use their imagination. Ask your kids to create a new game with characters and let them to set the rules. Suggest things like running and trying not to get caught. If they suggest safe zones, make a rule to only stand in them for 5 seconds. It can be fun for kids to have multiple or timed levels of their game to keep things more exciting!" Did you ever think about trying yoga with your kids? This is an ideal activity for one of those hot days where you need to stay inside and keep cool. Newman suggests you "let children create their own poses. Have them name their favorite animal and then make a shape (pose) they think would resemble that animal. Don't get stuck thinking it has to look like traditional adult yoga" It's easy to let kids stay inside and play video games with friends especially when temperatures get extreme, but encourage them to become active and be active with them! Another great way to keep kids moving and spend time with them is to take a class together, such as Parent-Child Yoga. Ms. Newman, who offers a class like this, says that "kids are natural yogis because they haven't quite learned certain body mechanics or how things are "supposed" to be done so they are, on most occasions even more open to the idea of exploring and being creative in yoga classes." When school is not in session it is very important to try and keep your kids active; they aren't getting gym or recess time like they normally would, and this can lead to a routine of sedentary behavior that in the end is not good for their overall health. Whatever it may be that your child enjoys, whether it's going to the zoo, running around in the backyard or even discovering a new yoga pose, encourage it all and join in the fun this summer!

Contributor:

Kelsey Newman-Owner
Positive LifeForce Fitness & Wellness
3000 Wayne Street
Endwell, NY