Summer break is closer than we may think, and with schools closing, how can we help students stay physically active during this season? For starters, let’s encourage them to move to their capabilities. Following the World Health Organization’s recommendations of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity daily and at least three days of strength training is an excellent way to go.

However, we know each student is unique, so their summer physical activities may differ. This summer, Hiveclass is here to transform how students stay active, helping you develop a unique physical activity plan. No matter your student’s activity, you should prioritize a holistic approach to physical activity. This means spending quality (active) time with their family, connecting with their community, incorporating good nutritional habits, and keeping themselves hydrated to enjoy the most of this summer break.

Crafting Your Ideal Summer of Movement and Activity

Meet Them Where They Are

Creating a customized physical activity plan is the perfect start to make the most of an active summer. If you’re unsure where to start, one simple question can help you understand the needs of your students: What do your students enjoy doing?

The first step to creating a customizable plan is to help students build healthy habits. But as we know, every student is different. We can’t ask an athlete to stick to the general WHO guidelines, as they surely are getting more physical daily activity than what is recommended. So, we need to meet kids where they are, developing a base level of daily physical activity that feels right.

Then We Keep on Moving

You can create a customized plan that gradually increases the intensity of the exercise. If one student dances once a week, a gradual step could be implementing a second session of the same activity or doing another activity the student is interested in. The goal is to keep them motivated with a customized set of activities and encourage them to be active in a fun and engaging way.

A Family That Is Active Stays Together

Another important aspect of physical activity during summer break is encouraging students to be active together, whether in vocational clubs or sports clubs, especially with their families.

Keep the Family Engaged

Aim to involve family members in the student program. If they’re not particularly active, family walks in the park or playing in the neighborhood are good ways to start creating family-sized healthy habits. On the other hand, if the parents or legal tutors enjoy lifting weights, running, or other physical activities, they can involve kids in what they love by customizing the session’s intensity to their fitness level.

Encourage Outdoor Activities

Encourage students to be physically active outdoors whenever possible. Whether it be enjoying a soccer match, playing in the neighbor’s park, or simply walking, a good dose of Vitamin D and fresh air can benefit students by helping them keep moving and enjoy summer at the same time.

Get the Most of Your Summer Break with Hiveclass

To support the custom physical activity program for each student, things like nutrition, hydration, and safety around summer are crucial to ensure they get the most out of this season while being safe. Here are some tips you can implement for a holistic physical routine:

  • A Holistic Summer Plan: Why not pair traditional sports with science experiments on hydration or math games involving sports statistics to connect a physically active program with new learning methods?
  • Promote Positive Relationships and Communication: Besides physical safety, focus on emotional well-being by encouraging group activities that promote teamwork and communication.
  • Leadership in Summer Activities: Students can also learn leadership skills while being physically active. Give students responsibilities like leading a warm-up exercise, managing a hydration station, or mentoring younger participants in sports and games to foster their confidence.

Ready for an Active Summer?

To get the most out of this summer break and encourage students to keep active, create a customizable plan that assesses what each student likes and dislikes. Try to meet them where they are and gradually increase the level of intensity to align with WHO recommendations and make the path to physical activity fun, engaging, and insightful.

If you want to know more about how to set goals to build healthy habits or encourage students to learn more about nutrition and physical activity, sign up for our newsletter, where you have access to educational resources to create a customized physical program for your students.

Categories: Physical Education