A little over a month ago, the most famous four legged creature in the world of weather forecasting, told us that we were in for six more weeks of winter. Based on the weather since, I think that Punxsutawney Phil hit the “nail on the head”! But, just because Mother Nature thinks we should have a bit more winter in our forecast, doesn’t mean we can’t keep up an active lifestyle.
Last August, the Vermont Lake Monsters and the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital launched our first ever CHAMP’s Fitness Clinic. This one day, outdoor clinic held at Centennial Field, was a way to share some great exercises that can be done inside and outside, perfect for when the weather outside, makes you want to stay in. At the end of the clinic, we asked you all to stay active all winter long, and log your progress on our Healthy Kids Log, which is posted on line at: www.vermontlakemonsters.com and click under the COMMUNITY tab.
The benefits of exercise are important. Many studies have shown that it helps raise your mood, promotes blood flow, improves cardiovascular health, and even help prevent or manage Type-2 diabetes. In fact, both the Center for Disease Control, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition make reference to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans report calling for 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children ages 6–17.
One could argue that just a child’s normal routine in the winter as compared to the summer, makes it even more important to stress this daily exercise. We have seen local children sledding at a local hill, skiing at one of Vermont’s amazing mountains, or just spending the afternoon making great snow angels and fantastic snowmen, but when compared to the outside activity a child partakes in during the summer, it is without compare.
So, beat Cabin Fever, keep your kids active (recess counts!), and understand that regardless of the forecast, sixty minutes of activity a day for our children is the goal! Learn more at www.vermontlakemonsters.com
See you this June!
Kyle Bostwick is Vice President of the Vermont Lake Monsters. 2014 is Kyle’s twenty-first season in Minor League Baseball. He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont, with his wife and two active daughters.