Summer is a great time the family to get active. The days are longer so there’s often ample opportunity to get out and about as a family. However, some of the first things to consider before heading outside are sun safety and temperature. Many parts of Australia heat up over the school holidays so it’s important to cover up and wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
If you or the kids are playing or exercising in the water, you'll also need to remember to reapply your sunscreen at regular intervals as if often washes it off through activity. In the sun and heavy heat, you'll also need to ensure you’re consuming plenty of water and have nutritious snacks
on hand to keep dehydration away and energy levels up.
There are also upsides to the warmer weather, especially when it comes to staying healthy and active with summer sports! As it's so hot, it's the perfect time to consider activities and sports in the water. Swimming, surf-lifesaving, sailing, surfing, beach volleyball and water polo are all great options for the summer months. Some schools may have them as an optional P.E activity or after school program which can help busy parents multitask.
The best thing about these sports is that this kind of sporting and exercising doesn't have to be formal. Round up the extended family for a game of beach cricket or frisbee, grab some boogie boards to play in the shallows or bring along those flippers for some extra fun at the beach. Not only will the kids get out in the sunshine to soak up essential vitamin D but they’ll also benefits from stretching their legs and moving away from the computer screens
Summer sports are a great way for family and friends to bond together, get a healthy dose of exercise and learn new skills, so don't hesitate to make a splash this season!