Sports Day is a great way schools encourage children to be active without realizing! The event held towards the end of the school year in the UK can be built towards for months with qualifying for popular events training for some that they have never done before. With the youngest kids at primary schools doing old favorites like the sack race or bean bags to the older kids starting to high jump they all learn to be fit and slightly competitive.
This is an event in which children take part in competitive sporting activities often to win prizes or trophies. Games that are played on ‘Sports Days’ are varied from your straight forward sprints and longer races for all ages as well as egg and spoon races, three legged races and the sack race!
One Hour A Day Sports Day Preparation
All kids should be physically active for a minimum of 1 hour a day, this can be encouraged in the run up to sports day under the guise of training. Development that creates a fun activity a rewarding sense of achievements with personal bests to bettered and skill challenges to be completed. This takes it from being you must exercise for an hour to lets have fun training, with games that let them develop skills and attributes required for success.
While running around and playing in the park is seen to be great fun for the children, it is an easy way that you as a parent can stay in control of them and help to maintain a healthy weight. Remember that running around on a climbing frame will assist in many ways moving the body lifting doing what is essentially body weight exercise that will help across the sporting day spectrum.
Having physical exercise every day helps a child to build strong muscles and health bones as well as make friends and improve confidence.
Here are 5 great tips for keeping a child active;
- Go for a fun family roller skating session (agility session)
- Walking the dog round the park (steady cardio session)
- Fly a kite on them windy days (fine motor skill development)
- Build a den in the garden that your children can get hours of fun out of (cognitive reasoning)
- Supporting the kids in any activities that they may take interest in
Also here is a short list of the many benefits being active can have on your child;
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Control over body fat
- Decreased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes
- Better and happier outlook on life
All of this will help with sports day and beyond not all of us will be superstars in sport, but there is no reason we cant help our kids enjoy the learning process that is universal across sport and life.