Summer Time Boredom Busters

 Now that school is out it is important to keep kids moving, especially with increasing childhood obesity rates. The CDC reported 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.  Physical Activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults and physical activity helps with controlling weight, reducing blood pressure, raising HDL (the good cholesterol), reducing the risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer, and improved psychological well-being, including gaining more self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Here are some ways to get in the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity:

  • Gardening- Have kids plant their own garden and harvest their own fruit and vegetables to make a delicious summer meal.
  • Bike Riding
  • Fly a kite
  • Picnic- plan lunch at the park!
  • Jump rope
  • Sidewalk chalk-have kids play hop scotch or draw pictures
  • Goffle- (golf and wiffle ball) Take turns hitting a wiffle ball with a bat into a coffee can
  • Four square
  • Kick ball
  • Hula hoop
  • Corn hole
  • Dance
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Scavenger hunt

These are just a few fun ideas to start with. If you are a parent you can promote physical activity for your child by making activities fun. You should be a role model for an active lifestyle and provide your child with opportunities for increased physical activities. You as a parent can even use your own imagination to come up with your own games for your family! So get outside, have some fun, and start moving!

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