Yes, we’ve all heard the clichés about kids not doing physical activity anymore. About how they all just want to spend their time on the Xbox or Playstation. Or watching YouTube, or Netflix, or browsing their social networks.
And while all of these things undoubtedly play a part in the routines of our children, it doesn’t tell the whole story. For most kids, given the chance, will indulge and enjoy different activities that get them out, take them from the TV or games console for a while.
Of course, they might well film it and stick it on Instagram, but that’s modern life, right?
For many this might be getting involved in a sport of some kind. Joining a football, rugby or hockey team, for example.
But those, more traditional, pursuits don’t fit the bill for everyone. Not all boys and girls want to be footballers, or engage in a full on competitive environment. And yet, they still need to stay active; to have some exercise in their routine for their health and well-being.
So, what to do?
Well, here’s a few alternative activities that may fit the bill, in the drive to keep our kids fit, active, occupied and healthy.
From Strictly Come Dancing to Diversity, dancing is as big a deal in media and popular entertainment as it’s ever been. It’s fun, it’s liberating and not only does it fuel the creative side of the brain, it’s also a great way to get some high level physical activity into your life.
Street dance is an energetic activity that will get you fit without you even realising it, so focused do you get inventing new routines.
Did you know that trampolining is an Olympic event? Did you know that the UK won its first ever medal in the trampoline at the Rio 2016 Olympics?
Trampolining is an activity that’s growing more and more popular with increasing opportunities for kids to get involved. It’s a high energy sport, that gets the heart pumping, increasing kids cardio-vascular fitness and improving coordination and general fitness.
And it’s a lot of fun. It’s long been a popular sport and activity across Europe, but with more centres opening up over here, there’s plenty of chance to visit a trampoline park style.
Kids love to climb things. They always have. In the past, when health and safety perhaps wasn’t quite the concern that it is today, kids would have been over the park climbing trees. Maybe they don’t do that quite as much these days, but guess what?
The urge is still there, in many an adventurous young mind.
So why not look at indoor climbing? Climbing walls are cropping up all over the place – in schools, play centres and even on cruise liners.
Climbing fulfils that sense of adventure, encourages kids to test themselves and take pride in reaching new heights. And it’s a fit, active, and super healthy way to spend a few hours each week. To keep things safe, of course, a climbing wall has safety harnesses, ropes, helmets and full supervision.
Unlike that tree in the park.