Be Physically Active Daily

January 26, 2015

 

Physical Activity is Important for Good Health

  • Physical activity, along with healthy eating habits, is a sure path to maintain good health.

  • For kids, doctors recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

  • Being active increases endurance, flexibility, and strength.

  • Active children usually have improved coordination, feel better about themselves, and can do better in school.

  • Physical activity burns calories and exercises the muscles.

  • Active children are less likely to be depressed or anxious, and have reduced risk of developing diabetes, asthma, and heart disease as they get older.

 

Physical Activity: What Your Family Can Do

  • Get up and keep moving while watching TV or playing video games.

  • Make it a goal: move during commercials.

  • Stay active throughout the day: park farther away, take the stairs, get off the bus one stop early, walk to your destination if possible, etc.

  • Make moving fun: dance to music, try a new fitness video, play musical chairs, Simon says with exercises, four square, or tag, or make active rules for card and board games.

 

Quick Tips:

  • Play in two 30 minute blocks or four 15 minute blocks to add up to 60 minutes every day

  • Enroll in an activity at your local recreation center

  • Plan activities for the whole family to do together:

    • Ride bikes

    • Go hiking

    • Grab sporting equipment and play at a nearby park

    • Go for a swim

    • Walk the dog

  • Do chores together:

    • Vacuuming

    • Yard work

    • Laundry

    • Cleaning the house

  • Get family and friends together for a game of kickball, dodgeball, basketball, baseball, football, etc.

 

For more information

www.kidshealth.org

www.kidnetic.com

www.cdc.gov/physicalActivity

www.mypyramid.gov

www.smallstep.gov

 

Information provided in this sheet was adapted from www.kidshealth.org, www.dole5aday.com, www.cdc.gov, and NCH handouts.

 

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