Helping your children stay active during the ‘back to school slump’

September 3rd 2019

The summer holidays are almost over and whilst we’re sure there are a lot of parents who are more than pleased about this… we can bet that there are a lot of kids who aren’t!

In the summer the kid’s days have probably been filled with fun and entertaining activities to keep them busy all day long and keeping active is something that they’ve been doing without even noticing. But now it’s time to get back into the school routine, staying active is something that is going to take a little more persuasion.

Parents, don’t despair, we’re here to help! We have some tips that might help you keep your kids active during the ‘back to school slump’…

Encourage social time

Although the kids are back at school and they are probably already catching up with their friends that they haven’t seen for a whoooole 6 weeks… it is still important to encourage your kids to have social time outside of school to give them something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Why not make social time something active like swimming or playing a sport so they can burn some of that energy they built up whilst sitting in the classroom. This way they get to spend time having fun with their friends whilst being active, it’s a win win.

Make time for sports and activities after school

When the kids get home they’ll either be too tired to move off of the sofa for the next 4 hours, just about able to roll off of the sofa into bed, or they will have so much energy built up from the many hours of concentrating at school that they won’t be able to sit still.

Instead of the whirlwind of destruction they’ll likely cause at home, why not bring them to the leisure centre to burn some energy! The swimming pools are open into the evening, the sports halls are available, and, for the younger kids, the play centres are open until 6pm!

If your child finds a sport they love, they are more likely to want to incorporate it into their routine all on their own without you having to nag!

Encourage them to join the gym

At Horizon the gym isn’t just a place for adults, we run teen workout sessions too! We encourage children/young adults aged 10 – 15 years to come along and use the cardio equipment in the gym.

Using the gym will not only keep them active and healthy, but it will also help them to focus their energy into something positive making them feel refreshed after a day at school and ready for another.

Treat them to a fun activity at the weekend

In most children’s minds, the end of the summer holidays means the end of all things fun, but of course this doesn’t have to be the case! A great incentive for your kids to get through a week of school could be the promise of some family fun time at the weekend.

A family swim, a trip to the play centre, a fun inflatable session or a good old competitive family game of sport! Any of these things will help keep your kids active as well as encouraging them to work hard in school all week!

We hope that these tips will make keeping your kids active during the back to school slump that little bit easier, we know how hard it can be, but hang on in there!

Visit our website for more information on what activities we run for kids, adults and families at either Havant or Waterlooville Leisure Centre.