Our break from swimming has arrived and I’m sure everyone is excited for their rigorous training schedule to subside. The break is well deserved and gives the kids a chance to reset before school starts, to relax, and to have fun. This is also a time when kids get the most rest and are most likely to hit a growth spurt as their body has a chance to put its energy towards growing.
That being said, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you set yourself up to build on all of your hard work from the summer.
- Remain active.
- Don’t sit on your rear end and play video games or watch tv all day. There are many activities available that are great for kids to stay fit and build strength. Some ideas are any outdoor activity with their friends like baseball, basketball, tag, bike rides, hiking, swimming (not laps), and anything else they can think up. If you want to do something more organized, they can do a dance class, yoga or try something like rock climbing. As long as they’re active, they’ll be in a good place when they come back.
- Eat well!
- Being out of the pool isn’t an excuse to binge eat sugar. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure you’re giving your body plenty of nutrients. That starts with vegetables and plenty of them. Greens like, lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, etc. are essential to healthy bodies as are a wide array of other veggies. If your kids don’t like them, make them eat them anyways. They also need to make healthy choices for protein such as meat and eggs, as well as healthy fats like nuts, avocados and fish. They should avoid sugar as much as possible. I’m not kidding on this one, processed sugar is essentially poison. Fruit is a much better option to satisfy a sweet tooth.
- Have fun!
- They should spend their time with friends and family. Read a book they’ve been wanting to read. My suggestion is Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink, a former Navy Seal. Do art projects. Enjoy the last bit of summer before school starts and we will look forward to seeing you when we start back up.