Get out & play! Three ways to get your kids outside

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With fall around the corner, you may find getting your kids to stay active outside a little more challenging. In addition, schedules seem to fill up as you transition into a new rhythm for the upcoming school year. The busier you are, the more difficult it can be to motivate kids to spend time outdoors. Read our three easy tips to encourage outdoor activity, no matter how busy your September gets.

1. LEAD BY EXAMPLE

We all know it. Kids mimic our behavior, including our bad habits. If we spend our free time on a tablet while slouching on the sofa, our kids will do the same. Likewise, if we use our free time to get outside and enjoy nature, our kids will more likely want to do the same. Lead by example by taking time to get outside. When your kids see you heading out for an afternoon run, they’ll want to try running too; or ride a bike alongside you! Either way, the best way to encourage healthy behavior in your children is to exhibit healthy behavior in your own day-to-day life.

2. SIGN UP

Many pediatricians and family therapists can attest: kids flourish with routine. Routine gives children a sense of security and certainty. By signing your kids up for activities, you ensure that they’re getting regular activity while giving them an added sense of security. Plus, you’ll be giving your children a great opportunity to learn a new sport.

Our Junior Tennis program is a wonderful option. From beginners to advance players, all players are places on the appropriate courts according to their age. Aside from being open to all levels, it helps to improve hand and eye coordination as well as agility. You may also be surprised to see what other great skills your kids can learn from playing sports, such as teamwork, confidence, self-reliance, and problem solving.

Did you know?

Giving your kids an early start in any sport increases their coordination and complex technical skills. An early start provides a physical advantage over kids who don’t engage in sports regularly at a young age. Check out the handful of classes we offer at the club, like Swim Team, Junior Tennis, and Team Grind Training. Sign your child up today, they’ll thank you later!

 

3. MAKE IT A FAMILY EVENT

When the whole family is involved, getting your kids’ participation in hikes, bike rides to the club, or even a simple walk around the neighborhood is easy. You can also introduce your kids to some of your favorite activities. Why not start the day by greeting the sun with some sun salutations in the backyard or on the patio? Or create a backyard obstacle course or Olympic challenge with various CrossFit and HIIT exercises (age appropriate of course). Or turn the weekly commute to the club into a family bike ride. With a little imagination, you can find ways to incorporate some outdoor activity while spending time together. It’s a win-win proposition.

READY TO SIGN UP YOUR CHILD FOR OUTDOOR CLASSES?

Keep these tips in mind when you need to reinvigorate activity in the fall and winter months. Healthier kids make for a healthier family. Don’t wait till next summer; start now.

To sign up your child for after-school tennis clinics or one of the seasonal tennis camps, contact our Tennis Director, Joey Grady at joey.grady@swellclubs.com.

Swim lessons are available Mondays through Saturdays as once weekly standing appointments with a private instructor. For any questions about swim lessons, pricing, or to sign up your child, please contact our General Manager Eric Geeb at eric.geeb@swellclubs.com or at 805.964.7762.

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