Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 04:50 pm

Physical activity is still very important during the school holidays as it has numerous benefits for children during winter …

It makes their muscles stronger, improves their heart health, increases flexibility and coordination and most importantly, sets the basis for a healthy lifestyle.

A balanced diet and a cup of Nestlé MILO provides children with just the right energy they need to get through the day. MILO is a malt drink which contains Active Go, a unique combination of eight vitamins and four minerals such as magnesium, B-vitamins, vitamin C and calcium to help optimise the conditions for the release of energy from food in your children’s diet.

“At Nestlé MILO, we believe that being active and enjoying sports is imperative for children, not only because it keeps them active but because it also assists in building motivation, dedication and teamwork,” Says Mpho Toolo, Nestlé Dairy Business Executive Manager.

The recommended time for children and adolescents to partake in physical activity each day is between 45 and 60min. With a balanced diet, a cup of MILO and enough water throughout the day children can do many fun indoor and outdoor activities and easily meet this daily recommendation during the winter holidays.

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Indoor games

If it is too cold to go out, indoor soccer games or dancing around the house are a great way to get the daily recommended time for physical activity.

Technology is everywhere, entertwined in almost every part of our lives. There is great technology to get your children moving such as Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii. These video games allow your kids to use their bodies as the controller – they can be an athlete, dancer, the UFC fighter or even the Kung Fu Panda punching and kicking on the screen.

Outside play

If you want to stay at home, the South African climate allows for children to still play outside during winter as the sun is out during the day and it’s warm until late afternoon.

You can create an obstacle course using balls, skipping ropes and hula hoops for the children to play outside in the yard. A mini trampoline is also a fun way for them to get the much needed exercise for the day effortlessly.  Alternatively, you and your child can bond while taking the dog for a walk.

If you want to take them out for the day, ice skating or hiking are great ways to get the recommended 45 to 60 minutes of exercise. Just remember to keep them hydrated at all times.