We all know the importance of encouraging children to be active and to eat healthy food. However getting them off the couch and away from snack foods can be pretty tricky.
Making it a family priority, can really help.
When it comes to being active, kids and teenagers need more activity than adults – at least one hour but up to three hours a day of physical activity for school-aged kids is beneficial.
Get active any way you can
It’s important that kids and teens get a combination of moderate activities (such as walking and bike riding) and vigorous activities (like running, dancing and fast spaced sports) for at least 60 minutes a day.
In fact, it doesn’t need to be an organised activity, because any sort of active play will usually include some vigorous exercise.
What’s more, by doing at least 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity, three to four days a week, will improve fitness and give them even greater benefits.
How can I help?
As an adult, there are heaps of fun ways to get your kids off the couch and be more active:
Be a good role model for your kids
If you are active and value an active lifestyle, your kids will notice and are much more likely to copy these habits.
Be active together and make exercise a family pursuit.
Think about using your feet first for trips – save money and help the environment by leaving the car at home for short journeys and taking the bike or walking there instead.
Support your children's choice of activities - Some kids like organised sports, while others prefer less structure. Either way, make sure you support them in whatever activity they take up.
Try new things - Kids need a variety of things that they enjoy doing, and trying new activities and learning new skills can be both challenging and enormously rewarding.
give active gifts that encourage movement and activity
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