As we get set and start our new school year, we know that schools often don’t offer enough programming to keep children interested in sports.
With RunningForYourLife.ca where we have locations across The GTA and surrounding areas we are offering tips on how parents can encourage their kids to get fit.
We know that kids benefit from physical activity. Not only does it strengthen a child’s muscles and bones, and prevent excessive weight gain, but it also improves brain function and helps maintain emotional and mental wellbeing.”
Additionally, sports, beyond just physical activity, helps kids build hand-eye coordination, increases self-esteem, teaches teamwork and cooperation.
Yet, the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card shows kids aren’t moving enough – only 35 per cent of 5- to 17-year-olds are achieving the recommended physical activity levels. And, according to the independent charitable organization People for Education, only 53% of elementary schools in Ontario have a specialist health and physical education teacher, many of which are part-time.
So how can parents ensure their kids are physically active and participate in sports?
Parents need to be proactive in ensuring their children are active. “When we were kids, we had daily gym class, and we had before and after-school sports clubs,” RFYL Owner Randy Brookes says.
Brookes adds that times have changed. “Now, school budgets are slashed and many teachers don’t have the resources to stay after school to lead sports clubs.”
The RFYL Team of trainers are often hired by the school boards to help incorporate physical activity and sports in the curriculum. The reality is there is still a gap when it comes to ensuring young people are active. “Especially for those kids who don’t make the soccer team or basketball team, becoming active is a challenge.”
One thing we recommends to parents is cross-country running. “There is no real major skill required for cross-country. Any child can begin running and it doesn’t require a lot of special equipment or access to specific facilities. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a field.”
We encourage parents to make running fun and focus on completing goals rather than on whether their child placed in a meet or ran a good race. “We see
all the time with the kids who come to us that when running is made to be fun and there is no pressure, they fall in love with it and want to improve themselves. More often than not, you develop a life-long runner who maintains their health long-term.
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Back To School Folks….Have a GREAT School Year Everyone! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/BnjJPmeg4fi/
Just around the corner our RFYL/Gazelle Cross Country Program starts the week of Aug 27th throughout the GTA & Surrounding Areas. Learn all the skills needed to improve and reach your Cross Country Goal. The $200 fee will cover you from the end of August till the end of October. Register Today!! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/Bma0RryAAWV
Putting in WORK! We like what we are seeing Kyron. The times are steadily dropping and your focus is what you need to take yourself to that NEXT LEVEL. Looking for further Personal Bests this weekend as we continue to develop and transition towards outdoors shortly. Keep your foot on the GAS Kyron! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf0zHunHm8H
We had fun over the weekend hanging out with these young bosses on Saturday. Shout out to Coach KariKari & the whole Durham Dolphin Players & Staff for putting in work with Running For Your Life Sports Performance Speed Training. Keep pushing at them levels boys….The Better The Runner The Better The Athlete™️! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/Belg0kWHjx5
Click & Watch! Great story on Gazelle Rising Star Tyreak Holgate. Global News Toronto did a feature on Tyreak a few days ago describing his move from Jamaica to Canada to live while using Track and Field as a way of keeping him on the right path. Tyreak is looking to be one Canada’s Future Track & Field Stars…Keep Pushing Tyreak! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk5AIKUgQ3-/
The Summer is upon us and what to do with your kids? If you’re in the Durham or Clarington area make sure to register or visit Running For Your Life’s Summer Sports Camp.
The Olympic Sports Development Camp is perfect for the beginner, intermediate and advanced level athletes who are interested in improving their game. This camp will be filled with skill development, drills and games from our skilled coaching staff. The Sports Performance Coaches will challenge your child to improve their sport skills in a fun learning environment. The skills that will be learned coupled with confidence building techniques, will help your child improve their sports performance as well as positively impacting their everyday life.
Our RFYL Sports Summer Camp starts next week Tuesday July 3rd in Pickering. There are some spots left….Register Today!!!!! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/BknCYFXgiH2
It’s about that time. OFSAA 2018 Track & Field Championships!!! Congratulations to all the Gazelle/RFYL Athletes who qualified this year. We have 22 Athletes that have stamped their ticket to the Big Show over the next 3 days. From distance, to sprints, to throws and jumps The Gazelles Track & Field Club has you covered this weekend in many events. Looking forward to watching one of Canada’s best Track and Field Meets…..It’s Game Day Gazelles!!! Don’t forget to pick up your Official Gazelle/OFSAA T Shirt!!! See here – https://www.instagram.com/p/BjuWz7DgZHf