(CARLSBAD, CA) – Fall and winter sports seasons are here. Football, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, and a variety of other sports may dictate your kids’ schedules in the coming months. Between practices, games, school, homework, and family time, your kids are busier than ever. And unfortunately, healthy habits sometimes fall by the wayside while your kids run from activity to activity.
So, how do you keep your kids balanced and healthy while they seek to perform at their best in fall and winter sports? Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett has a few suggestions for parents of athletes. Take a look at her top five tips for the active child.
1. Hydration – One of the biggest mistakes kids make is to wait until they are thirsty to drink something. Kids need to drink sufficient fluids before they engage in sports activity. The muscles will work more efficiently if fully hydrated. Make a rule for your active child to drink a full glass of water before stepping onto the field.
2. Nutrition – The pre-game meal is an important element in helping your child or teen perform at his/her best. Some kids may claim that a pre-game meal upsets their stomach, especially when the sport at-hand requires a lot of running. Talk to your child about getting some form of nutrition – fruit, toast, or crackers – to stay fully nourished throughout the big game. And after the event is over, try a post-game meal that fills the body with nutrients that may have been lost in heavy sweat. A combination of proteins and carbohydrates is the best post-game regimen.
3. Warm-Up & Cool Down – When juggling a busy schedule of arranging carpools to practices and rushing off to games, it may be tempting to sneak in a few minutes late or cut-out a little early from one of your child’s training activities. Just be sure that your child does not miss critical warm-up and cool-down activities. In order to prevent injuries, your child or teen needs to warm-up muscles before intense game play and stretch those muscles afterwards.
4. Multivitamin – Taking a multivitamin is one way to ensure that your child gets sufficient vitamins and minerals needed for growth and development during seasons of intense sports activity. Talk to your doctor about multivitamin options for your active child.
5. Catch Some ZZZzzzs – All kids need rest. Active kids need even more rest. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a minimum of eight hours of nightly sleep for active kids. Teens need an additional one to two hours. Set a bedtime schedule for your kids – yes, even your older kids – to keep their bodies healthy.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.