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Bring Back Play this Spring Break

February 25, 2013 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Spring break is around the corner and I’m sure everyone is excited to have their children at home for a whole two weeks!

To ensure our kids are happy, healthy, strong and confident, it’s essential that we get them to sit less and move more everyday!

How many of you cringe at the sight of our kids sitting in front of the TV, computer, or mobile device for hours on end?<--break->Here are some ideas to help your kids make this a spring break to remember:

  • Partner up! We know it’s hard to juggle work and family commitments, so consider teaming up with some of your children's friend’s parents and take turns hosting the gang for some fun outings or activities during the break. Consider going out for a “parents night” prior to the break to brainstorm and schedule (it could turn out to be a well deserved and FUN night out with the other parents).
    • Some examples of outings or activities include: A day at the local pool, a visit to the community centre, skiing or snowboarding, tobogganing or tubing, team sports days (floor hockey, soccer, baseball, touch football etc), a long walk or bike ride (visit www.walkbc.ca for trail maps), or an afternoon at the the tennis courts or local driving range.
  • Sports Camps! I’m forever grateful to my parents for enrolling me in a variety of affordable sports camps during my breaks. These experiences have given me some lifelong skills that have fostered my ability to enjoy physical activity for recreation.
  • Bring Back Play! By sharing fun games and giving kids the unstructured active time that used to be part of every childhood. The website and mobile app have some great ideas to encourage play and to make BC families healthier.

By making an effort to include some fun activities and games for your children to be involved in, you’re significantly impacting their ability to sit less and move more. In addition, a parent’s behaviour is a significant predictor of their children’s future behaviours. So set some great examples this break and make an effort to show your children that physical activity is one of the best things we can do for our physical and mental health.

If you would like some more advice or have a professional assist you in finding activities suitable for you and your family please call the Physical Activity Line toll free at: 1-877-725-1149.

PS. Start some discussion and inspire others by sharing the ways you plan on getting your family moving this spring break!

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