Like many kids, my daughter has a very busy schedule during the school year, and keeping her healthy and active can be a little challenging at times. With the school year about to kick off in just a few short weeks, I am already thinking about strategies to keep her active and ensure a healthy lifestyle for her. After all, the start of the year is often one of the most hecticly busy parts of it.
Since many of your kids are are also facing an outrageously busy schedule, I thought sharing these tips to keep our kids healthy and active despite being time crunched, might come in handy.
Make Outdoor Time a Priority – When weather permits, make sure kids get some time outdoors. Homework is important, but Vitamin D from the sun and fresh air do wonders for kids.
Have Healthy Snacks on Hand – Kids are often hungry when they get home from school. Make sure you have things like fresh fruit, organic milk, such Horizon, and whole grain snacks readily available. If everything healthy is time consuming to prepare, kids will not end out eating as well.
Active TV Time – Of course television time must be limited, but when kids do watch, interactive programs that encourage them to do things like dance and sing are a great way to avoid couch potato syndrome. If they want to watch something else, let them “earn” more program time with age appropriate exercises during commercials.
Smart Designation of Chores – Some chores are more aerobic than others. Chores which are more active should be designated to children who engage in less activity during the rest of the day. If a child doesn’t like sports and other active hobbies, they can at least get their heart rate up raking leaves.
Family Time – Family time can be as challenging for busy families, as keeping fit. Make not only family dinner a priority, but family walks as well. An after dinner stroll through the neighborhood, doesn’t have to take long, but keeps everyone from post-meal sluggishness and makes for more bonding opportunities.
Homework Activity Breaks – I don’t know about you, but sitting and working on a computer, reading or writing for extended periods of time often makes me tired. I have literally fallen asleep sitting at my computer. Not only should you encourage your kids to look away from their work every 20 minutes or so to protect their vision, but have them get up and move around at least once per hour (and more often for younger kids).
Be a Good Example – Eating healthy and exercising ourselves makes it seem more natural for our children. Make little changes such as parking further away & portioning snacks, which making a point to let the kids know why you are doing it… that you are creating opportunity, not obstacle. They may start making more healthy active choices themselves.
I made this handy dandy infographic to use as a reminder if you like. When things get overwhelming we could all use a reminder.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.