The school holidays can be a fun and exciting time for children, but they can also be a time when children’s physical activity levels drop.
However, staying active during the school holidays has many benefits for children’s physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the key benefits of encouraging children to stay active during their time off from school.
Physical health: Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining good health and preventing chronic diseases. By staying active during the school holidays, children can continue to build strong bones and muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, and maintain a healthy weight.
Mental health: Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health and well-being. It can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and self-esteem, and increase feelings of happiness and accomplishment.
Improved academic performance: A healthy body can lead to a healthy mind, and regular physical activity has been linked to improved academic performance. Children who stay active during the school holidays may return to school ready to learn and perform better academically.
Increased socialisation: Many physical activities, such as team sports, encourage children to interact and socialize with their peers. This can be especially beneficial during the school holidays, when children may have more free time and less structured social interaction.
Fun and enjoyment: Physical activity can be a fun and enjoyable way for children to spend their time. By staying active during the school holidays, children can try new activities and find new interests that they enjoy.
There are many ways to encourage children to stay active during the school holidays. Some examples include enrolling them in sports camps or classes, planning a family hike or bike ride, or simply encouraging them to play outside. With the right support and encouragement, children can continue to stay active and healthy even when they’re not in school.
If you are stuck for ideas to keep your children active this coming half term, why not check out our Active Camps. You can read more about them and book a place here!