Fun Ways to Get Moving This Summer

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June 4, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

As the school year draws to a close, children will find themselves hanging around the house during the summer months. It is easy for them to fall into the habit of playing video games and watching T.V., missing out on important exercise. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle; in fact, it is recommended that children get at least thirty minutes a day. Getting kids excited about exercise at a young age helps set the tone for a healthy lifestyle later on. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or involve taking your kids to the gym for a rigorous workout. There are many fun, easy ways to get your kids moving outside this summer

·      Walk the family dog

·      Go on a family bike ride

·      Invite the neighbors over for a game such of tag, wiffle ball, soccer, basket ball, or kickball

·      Play hopscotch

·      Go to the community pool

·      Wash the car

·      Run through the sprinkler

·      Have a water balloon fight

·      Go roller skating

·      Play a game of freeze-dance

·      Have a hula hoop competition

·      Play a game of double dutch or jump rope

·      Plant a garden

·      Have an outdoor scavenger hunt

·      Go on a hike in a nearby park

·      Have your kids invent a game of their own to play outside

·      Sign up for a sports camp

·      Swing on the swing set or go to a local playground

·      Sign up for a run or walk for a good cause to do as a family

Do you have any other ideas? What is your family’s favorite way to have fun outdoors? 

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

Jackie Page: Intern

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