Getting Active in the summer holidays

3 Aug 2018 12:52 PM

The school holidays are upon us and England is enjoying one of its best summers in living memory

To help children get active this summer, we’ve put together a collection of hints and tips that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing and the lungs blowing. 

Our research shows that by being active themselves, parents, particularly mums, have a real influence on their children’s activity levels. It’s great to show children that you don’t have to be the best, or super-fit, for physical activity to be enjoyable.

Children who do an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity activity a day are active – and there are lots of fun and creative ways activity can be built into their day.

With that in mind, we've got some tips on how parents or guardians can encourage children to get active this summer: 

Short bursts of activity can be more manageable than an hour of exercise and can be built into journeys. 

As a result, the NHS' Change4Life team have come up with six different 10-minute Star Wars-themed activities to keep children entertained for each of the six weeks of summer holidays. 

And if they want a longer project to get their teeth into then Jade Jones can help them 'Train Like a Jedi' with a video showing 12 special moves that will help children stay strong and healthy throughout their summer holidays. 

View video here

Other summer activity suggestions: