LET’S GET MOVING!
Children that are physically active everyday sleep better, feel less stressed and get sick less often than children who are not active everyday. Find out how to include physical activity into your child’s daily routine.
Just like choosing healthy foods, children are more likely to want to be active when other family members are active too. Lead by example; show your child that exercise is important by regularly exercising yourself.
Here are some activities that the whole family can do:
Take a family walk after dinner a couple times a week
Go on a family bike ride through the neighborhood
Create sidewalk art with chalk and play hopscotch
Fly a kite on a grassy field at a local school
Enjoy a playground at a school or a park
Play Duck, Duck, Goose or London Bridge
Limit time spent in sedentary activities, such as watching TV, playing on the computer or playing video games to no more than one hour a day.
Children need physical activity to build strength, coordination and confidence. All of these characteristics lay the groundwork for leading a healthy lifestyle in the future. Studies show that children who are exposed to various sports and exercise tend to stay active throughout their adults lives. Also, children who are more physically active tend to get sick less often than children who are inactive. So remember, when it comes to physical activity, every little bit counts!
Written by Michelle Mirizzi
Written on Jun 11, 2008
Last updated on Feb 05, 2013