Get Active for Spring

March 20th, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Courtney Brewer, Live Well Omaha Kids

I thought it would never come, but spring has officially arrived and I couldn’t welcome it with my arms opened any wider. Although mother nature wasn’t too hard on Omaha this year, it still seemed like a long, cold winter. My little guy is already asking when he can wear flip flops and go swimming in the backyard, so I know he’s been feeling cooped up too!

In honor of the first day of spring, aside from spotting my first green weed in the rock bed outside of our garage, I wanted to share some great ways to get your kids out of the winter mode and active for spring.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. It is recommended that your child’s physical activity include a mix of aerobic activity, muscle strengthening and bone strengthening. These four activities will certainly get your kids of the couch:
  • Hit the Pool at Your Local Recreation Center: Aquatic activity is an excellent total body workout and now that you don’t have to worry about your child freezing the second they walk outside, it’s the perfect time to get them reacquainted with the pool before summer. So take advantage of the opportunity to combine fitness with fun by taking your kids to the local recreation center pool.
  • Take a Nature Hike or Start a Garden: This time of year is perfect for exploring the trails and parks. Your children will enjoy learning about nature at the best time — when everything is starting to turn green, flowers are starting to bud and the birds are heading back to Nebraska for the warmer months. This will not only exercise their brains, but their bodies too. Do a lot of walking, jogging, sprinting and squatting as you explore! Also, be sure to take advantage of the fun activities that our City Parks and Nebraska State Parks have to offer! After you’re done exploring, head to the store and pick out some seeds to start your own garden at home. The kids will enjoy digging in the dirt and tending to their garden as your flowers and vegetables come to life. Here are the best spring planting dates   for seeds in the Omaha area.
  • Schedule Family Fun Fitness Time into Your Daily Schedule: Whether it’s heading to the gym to shoot hoops or hopping on your bikes to ride the trails, make physical activity a family affair. By setting a good example for your children, they’ll not only enjoy getting exercise, but it will teach them to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Try a New Spring Sport: Spring is a great time for kids to try out a new sport or activity such as soccer, rock climbing, softball/baseball or  dance.  Sign them up for a sports camp or recreational team to not only try something new, but also to keep them active with weekly practices and games. Check out the Omaha YMCA for ideas on spring sports and camps available.
As you plan for your children’s spring activities this year, make sure to incorporate fitness and fun into their daily schedules. Consistent and regular physical activity each day is key to raising healthy and fit children who will succeed at school, home and in their extracurricular activities. It is important to set the foundation today for making fitness a priority in your life and your children’s. The HOT months will be here before we know it, so enjoy the spring weather while it’s here!
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Content source: Fitness Together
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