Keep kids active to maintain fitness
Swap your childen’s screens for some fun in the sun, writes Erin Riley.
Sport is a big part of school these days, with myriad codes to choose from and competitive or social leagues to join. But just because school’s out for more than a month, doesn’t mean your kids need to let their sporting skills go out to pasture.
In fact, in much the same way that the three Rs – Reading, writing and arithmetic – need constant refreshing, kids need to maintain their sporting skills when they’re not at school. The more you encourage them to run around outside during the summer holidays, the more they’ll put their best foot forward in the new year. Literally. pack some sports equipment too. Football and rugby balls don’t take up much room, and cricket improvisation is easy when you repurpose a chilly bin as wickets. remain competitive, encourage your kids to make fitness and basic skills maintenance a daily habit. by parents and coaches alike, just about anywhere,’’ says Owain Prosser, football development manager at New Zealand Football. ‘‘It’s just as important to keep kids’ bodies active as it is their minds, and the summer holidays are the perfect time to challenge them and keep them playing, while having lots of fun at the same time.’’
Encourage children to make fitness and basic skills maintenance a daily habit.