Healthy Life, Healthy Me!

We can’t ask for much more than for our children to be living a healthy life and to be happy. The question is, how do we achieve this? The pressure to ensure they are always eating the right things, participating in sporting activities, studying for the correct amount of time and getting the most out of their day – it’s tiring just to think about, never mind achieve it all!

Really, it’s completely simple. We don’t need to worry about what Janet from next door is feeding her children, or which sport clubs our sister in law is taking little Freddie to, we just need to listen to what it is our own children like and dislike. If they refuse to eat spinach it’s not the end of the world; substitute it for broccoli and they are still getting the iron their bodies need! If they won’t eat chicken breast, try substituting it for homemade chicken nuggets, and you have a healthy alternative to a fast food meal.

The same rule applies with sport. If they hate kicking a ball around, don’t force them into going to a football club just because their friends go, find an alternative sport they might enjoy more. They may hate kicking a football but perhaps they love using skill to kick… kickboxing or taekwondo may be the sport for them! Sport releases endorphins into our bodies which make us feel great, which is why it’s so important to give your children a chance to try different sports. Of course, it’s near impossible never mind costly to have your child try every sport, but there are a whole range of sports out there they might not have even heard of!

We recommend holiday clubs as a great way to introduce your child to different sports, as we have a variety of different sports on offer every day. Instead of sitting at home glued to the television they will be active, making friends, and learning the importance of team skills; all of this helps to keep a healthy mind and lifestyle. I’m sure after a day of activities they will be ready for a good long nights sleep, which makes bedtime a lot easier!

This year we are running our holiday clubs in Umrston and West Didsbury and children can be signed up from half a day to the full week so there is no pressure on minimum booking, just whatever works for you and your child! But one thing we will ensure is that they have Fun! So, why not give it a try?

Visit our holiday page for more information – https://www.schoolofsport.org.uk/holiday-club/