Did you know that it is recommended our youth over the age of 6 are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day? Read more to find out why this is important, and ways to promote physical activity in your home.
The CDC recommends all children able over the age of 6 years old should get 60 minutes a day of physical activity. That seems easy enough right? Some days it feels as though our children never sit still, but other days especially during the cold winter months we may need to be intentional about making sure our kids are being more physically active. Hear me when I say, don’t pull out your phone and count the minutes to make sure they are up and moving every day. But perhaps we can be more aware of how much time they are spending in their room, or on their device. I know for more as an adult I feel much better when I am up and active, so I am sure it is the same for kids.
There is a great campaign called Play60 sponsored by the NFL. Players and coaches around the NFL go around to schools and communities promoting physical activity in our youth. They provide tips on their website for healthy eating, incorporating physical activity at home and the classroom, and how to partner in the communities. There is also Move Your Way, which is more inclusive of youth that may have disabilities that prevent them from running, jumping, etc. This campaign is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The CDC shares ways to make it easier for all of us to encourage 60 minutes of play.
- Start young
- Lead with an active lifestyle
- Make it a part of the family’s daily routine
- Go to places such as parks where kids are able to be physically active
- Be positive about the activities
- Make it fun
- Limit the T.V. at night and try to add a family physical activity
- Be safe!
Here are 8 ways we can get our children up and moving at home and in our community that are quick and simple.
- Go on family walks. It’s New Years Resolution time, and our kids’ model what they see us doing, just because it is cold doesn’t mean on the warmer days we can’t bundle up and go for a short walk.
- Walk your kid to school. Some schools even had special days to promote walking to school safely.
- Turn on music and dance
- Go sled riding when it snows
- Play hide and seek or indoor/outdoor tag
- Go to the park on nicer days
- Play a sport such as basketball, soccer, or tennis
- Go to the local gym and swim, bike, or do a youth-oriented aerobics class.
Make sure you consult your child’s doctor if you have any concerns about how much physical activity he or she can do in a day.