Regular daily physical activity is an essential part of healthy growth and development, laying the foundations the future.
It’s really important for kids to learn the basic coordination skills such as balancing, running, jumping, catching, hopping, throwing, galloping, skipping, leaping and kicking. These fun skills are the basis of all types of physical activity.
As children develop these skills they will often develop the confidence to take part in other sports and group activities, which in turn build social skills and fitness throughout their lives.
What can I do?
To help your family become more active and improve your own health and wellbeing, choose activities that you enjoy and incorporate these into you lifestyle. You could:
make time in your calendar for physical activity, the same way you schedule family time for homework
turn off the television and computer and go for a walk as a family. Think of ways to keep motivated… take the dog, do a free pedometer challenge or look out for a free phone app that automatically counts your steps
wash the car at home rather than going to the car wash
plan "walk and talk" outings with your friends and their children
organize a walking "school bus" in your neighbourhood and have the parents take turns walking the kids to school
rediscover some old time favourite activities – get some chalk and play hopscotch, fly a kite in the park or run through the sprinkler on a hot day
rather than standing on the sidelines watching your children play sport, walk and talk around the oval. Get others to join you by signing up to a pedometer challenge
take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift
park the car as far away from the door as possible at shopping centres. You’ll save time finding a park and get some exercise in the process
get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk home
plan activities during schools holiday that involve physical activity to compensate for that lack of organised sports during this time. Think about bush walking, camping, or swimming
form a "family health club" that meets once a week to do an activity such as bowling, bike ride, swimming or a moonlight walk while gazing at the stars.
What could house design possibly have to do with healthy lifestyles? Well… lots.
If you are building a new house or renovating, think about the amount of space you allow for your backyard and how you use that space.
It’s a good idea to allow space for kids to run around and play. If you plant a vegie garden and some fruit trees, you’ll have cheap or (almost) free fruit and vegetables in the future and with a bit of planning, your family will have lots of fun watching them grow, and get physical activity through preparing soil, weeding, pruning etc.
And as an added bonus, children are also more likely to eat vegies that they have grown and you can choose simple recipes to cook together.
You can search through to find related information.
How to stay healthy in the heat
Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during hot weather and heatwaves.
Use of the information and data contained within this site or these pages is at your sole risk.
If you rely on the information on this site you are responsible for ensuring by independent verification its accuracy, currency or completeness.
This site includes links to other websites operated by community, business and government.
These linked websites will have their own terms and conditions of use and you should familiarise yourself with these.
All linked websites are linked 'as is' and the Government of South Australia:
does not sponsor, endorse or necessarily approve of any material on websites linked from or to this Site;
does not make any warranties or representations regarding the quality, accuracy, merchantability or fitness for purpose of any material on websites linked from or to this Site;
does not make any warranties or representations that material on other websites to which this site is linked does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person anywhere in the world; and
does not authorise the infringement of any intellectual property rights contained in material in other websites by linking this site to those other websites.
If you use automatic language translation services in connection with this site you do so at your own risk.
The information and data on this site is subject to change without notice. The Government of South Australia may revise this disclaimer at any time by updating this posting.
The Government of South Australia, its agents, instrumentalities, officers and employees:
make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information and data contained on this site
make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy or usefulness of any translation of the information on this site or any linked website into another language
make no representations as to the availability of the site and the availability of websites linked from or to the site
accept no liability however arising for any loss resulting from the use of the site and any information and data or reliance placed on it (including translated information and data)
make no representations, either expressed or implied, as to the suitability of the said information and data for any particular purpose
accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user's computer, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this Site or its use or any website linked to this site
do not represent or warrant that applications or payments initiated through this site will in fact be received or made to the intended recipient. Users are advised to confirm the application or payment by other means.