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Summer Adventures: Staying Active

July 27, 2016
By Laurie Burckhardt, Middle School Teacher
Staying Active in the Summer

Boy, oh boy! This summer has been a hot one! High temperatures keep us inside and can sometimes decrease the amount of exercise we get. It’s important for kids to stay active this summer. Setting weekly goals for physical activity keeps children in shape and healthy.

Musical Exercise

Turn on your favorite musical and sing and dance to all of the songs! You can even turn this into a game of “freeze.” Play some music for a while and have them dance and sing until you pause the music. When the music stops have them hold their silly pose until the music starts to play again.

Keep it Cool

Whether you have a pool in the backyard, or you head to a public pool in the area, swimming together is one of the best ways to beat the heat and get some exercise. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Keep it Mellow

Try some yoga. Yoga is the perfect exercise for kids to do indoors! Yoga is quiet, slow and doesn’t require any additional equipment. Your kids only need their own body and little bit of space and they are ready to start posing. Here are a few poses to get you started!

A few other ways you can stay active during the hot summer months are:

  • Take a walk in the early morning or late evening
  • Join a family-friendly gym
  • Challenge each other to an interactive video game
  • Play hot potato


Learn Something New

Students should take advantage of summer’s extra free time to work on a hobby, interest or talent. Encouraging your child to use the time inside to learn a new instrument or talent could help them get ahead in all areas of their life.
Summer time offers the unique opportunity to enroll kids in lessons, classes, camps, or workshops to develop skills in an area of their choice. This will boost their self-confidence and improve their lives for years to come!