Active living has so many known benefits for the young and old: it improves self-esteem, the health of the cardiovascular system, bones and muscles, as well as posture; it also encourages healthy growth and development. Outdoor activities are also a great way to get children to socialize and meet new friends.
Children aged 5–11 should participate in a minimum of 1 hour of physical activity every day. While it can be a challenge to get children away from technology to spend more time outdoors practicing activities and sports; this should be a priority to keep them healthy and set them up for success in the future.
Here are some tips to help get children be more active in Bradford:
- Encourage frequent walks or even biking adventures around the neighborhood while helping them learn where they can be active in the community
- Join us in the Bradford Terry Fox Run Sunday Sept 17th. We will be completing the 5km and everyone is welcome to join our team! Joining a group can make activities so much more fun. Register at https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=768844#&panel1-1
- Get active as a family – not only is this great bonding time, but it sets a great example as well!
- Ask them to help you carry the groceries
- Have them help with garden work. Whether it’s picking weeds, watering the flowers, or raking leaves in the fall (and of course jumping in the big pile afterward) gardening can be a fun way to stay active.
- Play some tunes and host a dance party outdoors. Did you know music can help increase energy and mood?
- Join community, recreational sports team(s)
- Bradford has lots of options available for kids. Have you checked out local businesses like Genesis Gymnastics or Treblemakers Music Academy just to name a few?
- There will be a children’s yoga class starting here at the studio in September, hosted by our very own Nicole Allison. Check out https://squareup.com/store/NicoleAllisonYoga to register.
- Furthermore, keep an eye out for the ‘BWG Leisure guide’ which comes out every quarter (gets delivered in the mail) and has plenty of great programs
- Take kids to the playground or to the park to play. Bradford has a few great splash pads for hot days. In addition to enjoying some time outdoors, meeting up with other kids and parents helps develop your child’s social skills.
On top of these positive changes, consider limiting the following: screen time with electronic devices (no more than 2 hours/day), sedentary (motorized) transport, extended sitting, and time spent indoors throughout the day.
Recommended Local businesses:
- Genesis Gymnastics http://www.genesisgymnastics.ca/home.html
- Treblemakes Music Academy http://www.treblemakersmusicacademy.com/
- BWG Leisure Centre http://www.bwgleisurecentre.ca/leisure-programs.html
- Nicole Allison Yoga https://squareup.com/store/NicoleAllisonYoga