Is it time for a Summer Fitness Day Camp?

Summer break for today’s students has changed over the last generation. At one time, riding one’s bike, playing in the creek, pickup baseball and basketball, playing with friends and other outdoor activities were common over summer break.

As spring school activities such as baseball, track, and spring soccer come to an end our kids are spending more time inside during summer break and getting less exercise. If you’re kids are like many playing video games and sleeping in until dinnertimeSummer Camp
e, getting them to exercise for an hour a day can seem like a daunting task.

But, getting in the recommended 60 minutes is not just a good idea; it’s imperative for healthy, well-adjusted kids: • Build and maintain fit bones, muscles and joints • Enhance mental capacity and improve school performance • Help with self-esteem and confidence • Prevent diseases like Diabetes, Obesity, & Heart Disease • Develop motor skills & coordination • Improve emotional state and combat anxiety/depression

Today the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that childhood obesity rates have tripled in 30 years and currently one out of every three kids is considered overweight. Parents say the numerous distractions with TV, games and cell phones are inhibiting kids’ healthy lifestyles.

The Physical Activity Council which has reported that in 2012, 192 million Americans – nearly 70% of the country — were not active to healthy standards, i.e. 30 minutes of exercise at least three days a week. In this study, youth inactivity percentages are growing at alarming rates

About three out of four children ages 5 to 10 get less than one hour of physical activity daily, according to a YMCA survey. The 2011 survey of more than 1,600 U.S. parents was conducted by the YMCA of the USA. It showed that that 74% of children between the ages of 5 and 10 do not get enough exercise on a daily basis, based on the 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommended in the government’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Everyone knows exercise improves kids’ health, but research shows it can also promote academic achievement. A recent study has found that children who are physically fit have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses while reading than kids who were less aerobically fit. The researchers at University of Illinois found that children who are more fit had better language skills than their less-fit peers. These language skills were linked to brain synapses that fired with more strength and faster speed.   Research has found exercise helps kids learn better.

Day Camp, promote activities they rarely do in their own neighborhoods these days. It takes them away from computers, TV, Smartphones, IPADS, and other time-suckers, swapping them for conversation, physical activity and fun in a natural setting. And perhaps most important, camps are no-parent zones. “Kids have to learn how to separate from their families and become resilient and independent. Camp gives them a safe way to take these steps,” says Peg Smith, chief executive officer of the American Camp Association.

Day camps are a good starting point: “Kids learn about being part of a community and to cope with temporary separation,” says Smith. “They’re not only a good transitional step for kids but also for parents, who often need to learn these same separation skills.”

Find a great camp for your kids this summer that will get them out of the house to engage with peers and keep them physically fit.

M-Power Sports Performance runs a Sports Performance Outdoor Summer Camp six days a week out of the Vandalia Sports Complex. Daily sessions include speed and agility, strength and conditioning, plyometric, through fun and innovative exercise. Hour long sessions are offered 4 times per day for Elementary, Middle School, and High School athletes and those seeking a summer fitness program. The camp runs June 1st until August 31st and campers drop to the sessions they are most interested in. Contact Mike Baker at 937-469-6242 for more information.