After School Outdoor Activities to Boost your Child's Fitness

List: Posted: 08/02/11

Fitness should be an important part of our children's lives, yet school requirements often mean that your children do not get as much exercise as they should.  Today, we will look at some great outdoor activities that the entire family can engage in to help your child attain better fitness levels.  Outdoor activities can be a great deal of fun, and these choices are certain to get everyone moving and smiling.

One great thing that you can do is to take a drive out to the country after school and go for a hike with your child.  You can hike in the woods, along nature trails, or even along the seashore.  Exploring nature is always fun, and there should be enough plants, birds, and natural features to keep the trip exciting for your child and to make this one of their favorite outdoor activities.

If hikes aren’t really your style, consider playing family sports at home.  A game of touch football or a friendly game of baseball can be great fun for the whole family and will build up your child's cardiovascular health.  This will make them sleep better at night, and be more alert and focused in the classroom.  Try to avoid being too competitive and make sure that even smaller family members get in on the fun. You will find that sports can be perfect outdoor activities to help your whole family enjoy the warm summer afternoons.

Other fun outdoor activities include bicycling and swimming.  These are perfect outdoor activities to help your child get enough fresh air.  Getting outside to enjoy outdoor activities is an important part of family bonding, as well as fitness.  By keeping your family moving, together you can grow closer and become much more healthier.  You may even find that your child opens up to you as you exercise together, and your relationship will improve as a result.

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