Keep kids ac­tive to main­tain fit­ness

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter -

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.

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