5 Ways to Increase Physical Activity for Kids
Physical activity for Kids is an important component of health at any age. Kids need 60 minutes of activity a day to grow strong muscles and bones, build endurance and maintain a healthy weight. Physical activity is also important for our mental and emotional well being. However, those 60 minutes can be broken up throughout the day.
Here are 5 Easy Ways to Increase Physical Activity for Kids
- Physical Education. If your child’s school does not include physical education, consider enrolling in a fun and age-appropriate class. Swimming, dance or yoga classes can be a great way to build your child’s confidence, strength and coordination.
- Organized Play. If your kids are very young, you might want to organize games such as hopscotch, jump rope or Frisbee. Older kids can engage in these organized activities by themselves but might need some encouragement. You might consider working with other parents to plan group trips to the bowling alley or swimming pool.
- Competitive Athletics. Some children enjoy team sports. If so, experiment with a variety to find the right one for your child. If team sports are not a good fit, know that there are many other options.
- Walk More. Look at your routine and find trips that you might be making in your car that you could make on foot. If time and distance permits, consider walking kids to school instead of driving. Walk or bike with your kids in your neighborhood or park when you can.
- Get Help with Household Chores. Kids can help out around the house by raking leaves, watering plants, or sweeping. Put on some music and make it fun.
KareBoost Health offers many ways to increase physical activity for kids. Contact us to set up a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you stay healthy. You child can also attend our Kids Yoga Class.
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach