I’m going to hold my hands up and say that I’m not a naturally active person – and this isn’t something I want for my children. There are so many reasons it’s important for our kids to stay active – from their general fitness through to their mental health, but did you know that 1 hour exercise activity + calcium = stronger bones?
During term time we walk to school and back each day, all three children have weekly swimming lessons and Chloe goes to dance classes too. But in the school holidays our activity is less structured and its up to me to make sure we get enough exercise during the course of the week. This isn’t something we really discus or plan for – it happens reasonably naturally by virtue of just needing to get the three of them out of the house when the bickering levels reach fever pitch!
Some days this might just be a lot of walking – for example Ben and I did a Treasure Trail in Manchester earlier this month and clocked up 7,000 steps exploring the city centre other days we’ll be out on scooters, running, cycling or just playing in the park.
Ben has been training for a 40 mile bike ride which he completed early this month. This means he gets a good couple of hours of cycling done each week with Dave if the weather is ok!
Chloe enjoys putting on her running shoes and jogging around the park – I keep meaning to take her to a Park Run to see how she gets on! I tend to just walk around while she does this as running really isn’t my thing – no matter how much she tries to get me to join her!
Amy can’t ride her bike yet but loves to whiz around the park on her scooter – she got a new one for Christmas and it’s very quick! Her confidence is increasing all the time.
I think we’ve all grown up knowing that calcium is good for us – we’re all taught that milk is good for our teeth and bones but somewhere along the way that information has become a bit lost and in fact recent research carried out by YAZOO has shown that 20% of children never drink milk. With 34% of parents worrying that their kids are not getting enough calcium, I think it’s worth considering other ways for getting more calcium into their diets – especially with 64% of parents admitting that their children are fussy eaters.
My own children have milk daily on their cereal, but it isn’t really a go-to drink for them any more, especially the bigger two who no longer have milk at school. They eat cheese and yogurt pretty regularly but I’m aware that they are at an age where their diet can be quite narrow – chicken nuggets, spaghetti bolognese and burgers are the firm favourites however we’ve recently introduced them to salmon fillets and asparagus so there’s still hope! 92% of parents surveyed are worried that their child is not eating a balanced diet.
When it comes to snacks during the school holidays, I think it can be really hard to get the balance right. These three seem to be constantly hungry and they would almost always choose a bag of crisps or a biscuit over a piece of fruit. I’m keen to try and retain a good mix of healthier snacks and treats – ice creams are of course a regular feature on days out but if I can keep healthier snacks stocked up at home or in my bag then I feel like I’m winning at life.
YAZOO KiDS is naturally rich in calcium & protein with no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners – just the same naturally occurring sugars as a glass of semi-skimmed milk. It’s low in fat and has less than 100 calories a bottle. YAZOO KiDS is supporting Change 4 Life and you’ll see a Good Choice Badge alongside its Strawberry and Banana flavours in-store. (and the best bit is the kids have no idea about the health benefits – they think they’re just getting a treat!)
Change4Life recommends water and lower-fat milks are always the best choices when it comes to drinks for your kids. Water is a no-sugar thirst quencher. Milk has calcium, which helps keep your child’s body strong and forms part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Why not see what you can do to shake up your family’s routine with exercises and activities that everyone in the family can do, alongside YAZOO KiDS, for stronger bones over the summer holidays.