The kids will be out of school soon. First, they’ll be elated. Then after about a week or two the novelty of the summer break will wear off and you’ll hear that dreaded “b” word. “We’re bored!” When the weather is hot and humid, it can be tempting to let your kids just eat junk food and play video games all summer long. but that’s not the memories you want them to have of their childhood summers. Even though we live in a rural area like Northeast Mississippi, you and your family have a lot of options for ways to stay active and healthy this summer.
Check out these activities your family can do to off the couch, keep your family healthy, and ultimately have fun this summer.
Plant a garden
Gardening is great exercise. It also teaches kids about where food comes from and enforces the importance of proper nutrition. Growing their own vegetables will get them excited to eat what they worked hard to help grow. Plus, it could help your food budget this summer when the electric bill skyrockets from all the air conditioning.
Ride your bike
Grab your bikes and head out to Tanglefoot Trail. The trail is Mississippi’s longest Rails to Trails conversion meandering 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. One day this summer go on a family bike ride, but don’t forget to take plenty of water with you and wear a helmet.
Take swimming lessons
Swimming and summer just go together like macaroni and cheese. There’s nothing better than jumping into the cold water on a hot summer day. If you or your children don’t know how to swim, taking swimming lessons is great not only for exercise but also for overall water safety. The Tupelo Aquatic Center offers both adult and child swimming lessons as well as recreational swim programs and times. Learn more about it here: http://www.tupeloms.gov/swim-tupelo/
Learn about how to make healthy choices and have a lot of fun too. If you don’t have anything planned for the day, HealthWorks! is open daily for families to enjoy their Fantastic Floor and interactive Brain Theater. General admission to HealthWorks! costs about $5/person and children under two can enjoy the attractions for free. Plus, it’s air-conditioned! http://www.healthworkskidsms.org/visitor-information.
Enjoy a park this summer
When the kids are at a park they do the healthiest thing they can do. They play. An hour or two of running, climbing, and swinging will help keep them healthy. It will also tire them out and help them sleep better at night. Going to a park is also great for you if you take advantage of any walking paths the park might have while your kids are playing.
These are just a few suggestions. Our area hosts tons of things you and your family can do to stay active and be healthy this summer. Remember to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a week and be sure you’re drinking enough water in the summer heat. We’d love to hear some of your great ideas to stay healthy this summer. Let us know in the comment section or on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GuntownClinicECFM/