Exercise and activity are both important for childrens’ physical health and development. Yet, in this day and age, children are spending more time indoors, making it difficult to get the recommended amount of physical activity. According to the University of Michigan School of Medicine, children and teens should receive at least one hour of moderate or intense physical activity each day.

If you’re wondering how you’ll be able to pull your kids away from the screen and get physically active this summer, fear not! Here are some ideas that will help your kids get their regular dose of outdoor fun and healthy activity!

Parks and Rec Sports

Parks and recreation centers in most municipalities host organized sports leagues. By signing your child up for a summer sport, not only will they get in their much-needed physical fitness regimen, but they will make new friends and develop skills such as sportsmanship and improved hand-eye coordination. Cities such as Novi, Royal Oak or Comstock Park have numerous sports programs ranging from lacrosse, soccer, volleyball or t-ball for all ages.

Visit Michigan’s Adventure

What screams summer fun? Water parks! Swimming is great way for kids to burn off energy and get in the right amount of outdoor activity. Take the family out for a trip to Michigan’s Adventure, the state’s largest water and amusement park for a day of adventure. Hit the water slides, splash around in the lagoon, and most importantly, have fun!

Summer Camp

Northern Michigan camps, such as Camp Hayo-Went-Ha or Camp Dagget, allow kids to get outdoors and away from technology. Schedules are filled with outdoor fun, and your childwill have a blast running through high ropes courses, swimming in one of Michigan’s numerous lakes, kayaking, horseback riding, and more.

Ride a Bike

 Bike rides are a great way to get your child outdoors and exercising their legs, back, and core. Before letting them put the foot to the pedal, make sure they follow some simple safety instructions, including wearing a helmet and obeying the traffic laws. Don’t forget – adults need exercise too! So, make it a family affair by gathering the troops for a ride!

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