How Families Can Prevent Laziness Over Holiday Break

School’s out for holiday break and the kids are camping out on the couch.  They’re glued to their cell phones, texting and tweeting and their laziness is driving you crazy.  With more than one third of American children overweight, what can you do to get your kids moving and active over the upcoming holiday vacation?

“The trick is to make it fun. You can sneak exercise into your busy holiday activities and it won’t feel like hard work. You’re going through your same holiday routine but in much more creative and energetic ways,” says Brian Sanders, COO of i9 Sports, the nation’s first and fastest growing youth sports franchise with local leagues in your city. “Parents have a responsibility to get off the couch themselves, explore fun activities and engage with their children.”

Top Ten Ways To Break the Laziness Over Holiday Break

  • Bring a Football, basketball or even hula hoop while on vacation. Play with children and join the fun.
  • Hand deliver Christmas cards and cookies to the neighbor.
  • While watching TV, have a contest who can come up with the most fun exercise during commercial breaks.
  • Create A Holiday Tradition – Ideas include a ski trip, a trip to the woods to cut a Christmas Tree, or a visit to the skating rink – replace sedentary holiday traditions with more active ones.
  • Buy Active Holiday presents – Buy at least one present for the kids that will get them up and moving.  A jump rope, the good ol’ favorite Twister or even a movement based video gaming system like Xbox Kinect or Wii Sports.
  • Create Your Own Winter Olympics with friends and neighbors.  Kids who don’t want to participate can help judge.
  • Walk to see Holiday Decorations and Lights – instead of piling in the car to drive around the  neighborhood, walk to see the holiday lights.
  • Take the dogs for a walking tour of neighborhood decorations.
  • Indoor Activity Centers – Visit Indoor Jump Houses, Indoor Trampoline Houses, and Indoor Playgrounds that have open play for kids.
  • Have a Closet Cleaning Competition – See who can clean out the most stuff and unload it at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

To keep kids active over the winter months, i9 Sports has indoor sports leagues in your city going on right now and others that start up immediately after the holiday break.  These sports include indoor soccer, football and basketball.

i9 Sports is a new concept in youth sports that’s sweeping the sidelines of our area and the nation. Local families disgusted with the ridiculous demands and do-or-die competitiveness of other leagues are embracing i9 Sports as a welcome alternative to the youth sports insanity.

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