Children often head straight for the sofa to play games and watch TV once school is out. Don’t get me wrong, I think the kids need some downtime & mine enjoy their iPads & Sky Box, but it’s easy to get into this habit daily. There are so many benefits to getting out and about this summer – for the kids as well as for me. I know I’m more active when I’m with the kids & the kids sometimes just need a gentle prod!
So here are the top five sports that will keep your child – and you! – active this summer.
We love swimming, even more so now that both my Little Shires have gained their water confidence. Not only is swimming a great way for a child to remain active, but it will also help to cool them down during hot temperatures – although this last point may not be relevant during the current UK summer! There are many benefits of swimming, as it builds muscle strength, improves balance, posture, endurance and supports their cardiovascular health. And it’s fun to do, especially we find, when we’re away on holiday. But most importantly, the more you swim the more you gain water confidence which could, heaven forbid, save their life.
Investing in a pair of Heelys for your child doesn’t feel like investing in a sport – but it requires your body to be active to use them., just like skating. These are the shoes which have a small wheel in the heel, so you can walk or skate as the mood takes!
Having Heelys is a statement as well as a skating-type sport, which will improve physical health at the same time. My Mademoiselle has a black pair with hot pink laces and just loves her! My six year old Little Mister still doesn’t get it!!
Check out a varied range of Heelys shoes but from experience I’d say make sure your child is included in the buying process as there are a wide range of designs, colours and styles, and you’re bound to choose the wrong one…right?!
Should the sun start to shine here in the UK, taking a volleyball and a net down to the beach for a fun game with all the family is an asy way to stay active. Beach volleyball is really quite physical (and hard to do!) but it will develop reflexes and hand-eye coordination and sense of team spirit!
The sand also works as a resistance during the activity, so it can make the sport a little tougher and they can maximise the exercise while having fun. When we play together with the Little Shires we often just draw a line in the sand rather than put up a net.
Please remember – I’m sure you’ll remember but pls use plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
This is something I did as a child and now I’m doing it with the kids! Inline skating – or just rollerskating – is another effective way to pry a child away from the TV & enjoy physical activity outdoors. The beauty is that it can be done anywhere, just pop on a bit of music & you’ve got a mini-roller disco happening on your own patio!
And did you know inline skates are an effective way to burn off 210 calories for 30 minutes, & get your heart and lung going? No, me neither!
Pst. Don’t forget a helmet, knee pads and ankle protectors should be worn whilst skating.
There is no better way to go exploring than on a bicycle & the opportunities are endless. My little ones aren’t old enough yet, but I myself remember being given permission to cycle around my area on my own. The sense of freedom & responsibility was fantastic. I want my kids to experience that.
Until then we do create little bike ramps on the grass made out of pieces of wood and props or go out as a family on bike rides. Only at the weekend we all got on our bikes & cycled to a nearby play garden, had a drink & cycled home. We actually cycled approx. 5 miles in total but it didn’t feel like exercise because it was fun.
Being active together can create superb memories for little ones and, it’s said, a lifelong love to be active.
Please don’t let the idea of “sports” & the need for specialist kit put anyone off this summer. Often the best sport is more about being active and getting outdoors.
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.
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