How to keep kids active during summer break

EAST LANSING, MI. (WILX) - In this edition of Schools Rule WILX News 10 is looking into how to keep kids active even in the summer months.

Experts: Keep kids playing over the summer to keep them active.

When school's out, it's easy to just want to kick back and relax before the school year starts up again, but experts say making exercise fun is the perfect way to pass a summer.

"Having fun with it is probably the key, making it something that is fun for kids whatever age they may be and they'll be more likely to keep it up during the summer," said Greg Bratkovich, Director of Fitness for the Ann Arbor and East Lansing Orangetheory studios.

While the work outs at Orangetheory may seem advanced, Greg says working your way into an exercise routine is the perfect way to keep you and your family moving this summer.

"Going for bike rides, checking out your local parks, if it's more sports related, making sure that if your child is active in soccer, maybe having a soccer goal in your backyard if you have a backyard," Bratkovich suggests.

"Game play with kids is a great option to have because making things more fun for them, they'll always want to be more interactive," said Dylan Lambertson, Head Trainer/Coach at the Orangetheory studio in Lansing.

And by 'kids,' we mean students of all ages.

"I spent a lot of time playing computer games in middle school and high school," laughed Bratkovich. "I would say probably the best thing is just set an example for for not only your children, but family, in that prioritizing staying active personally whether it be going to a class at Orangetheory or getting out and active, taking a family hike, going to the community pool, anything like that," continued Bratkovich.

And of course, it's summer time and that means lots of sun and lots of heat and humidity. So not only is it important to keep your students active while they're out of school you still have to keep them healthy.

"In the summer time hydration is key, especially if you're outside, running around. So making sure if you're at home or going to a park, making sure that you have access or you're bringing a bottle of water as well," said Bratkovich.

"A lot of it is just injuries," explained Lambertson. "You don't want to go in there with not having any guidance. You can get injured really quickly or you'll get burnt out. If you're not used to going as hard as you possibly can, it's not something you should do regularly."

Both Greg and Dylan say it's important to work out within your comfort level. There's more information on how to do that and on how to monitor your heart rate level on Orangetheory's website.

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