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Keep your teens active this summer

Kristi Jouett
Kristi Jouett
Karen Linsley

About the author

Kristi Jouett is a performance trainer with Barton Performance by ALTIS, as well as a physical education instructor in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. To learn more about Barton Performance’s Student Athlete Program, visit bartonperformance.com or call 530-600-1976.

Summer’s here, and the lure of sleeping in and no schoolwork can be hard for teens and tweens to stay mentally and physically active. Here are some ideas to keep them busy throughout the summer months.

Get Them Moving

Kids need 30 minutes of physical activity every day to stay healthy. Try these tips:

Schedule family time for exercise. Whether it’s an after-dinner walk or shooting hoops, find something you all like to do.

Assign chores. Teens and tweens can help with housework and yard work.

Take a family vacation (or staycation!) that includes activities like hiking, bicycling or kayaking.

Sign them up for a new sport or activity at your local community center, or look into summer camps like the Athletic Development Camps for young athletes at the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness.

Keep Them Thinking

Keeping your kids’ minds active over the summer will help them retain learning skills when they go back to school in the fall. Here are some ideas:

Limit TV, phone and video game time. Experts recommend kids spend no more than two hours per day in front of a screen.

Get involved in community service. Help your teen find a project he or she finds interesting.

It’s not too late to find a summer job. Think babysitting or helping neighbors with pets or yard work.

Encourage reading. Help your kids choose books they’ll enjoy, and set aside family reading time each week.

Take a field trip to visit Vikingsholm or the Stream Profile Chamber at Taylor Creek to learn more about the history, flora and fauna of the Lake Tahoe area.

There’s a reason it’s called “the great outdoors.” Spending time outside in nature offers major advantages for tweens’ and teens’ bodies and minds. By staying active, they may notice benefits such as a happier mood, healthier weight, and lower blood pressure.

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