Today's children and youth live in a very different world than the generation before them. Children as young as six or seven can occupy themselves for hours on a computer, and older kids now chat on-line rather than meeting in a front yard to play.
Our children are growing up in exciting times, but in order for them to realize their potential and benefit from the opportunities, we need to encourage them to be more physically active.
Excercise Tips & Tricks
- Increase the time currently spent on physical activity starting with at least 30 minutes more per day
- Provide children with regular opportunities to learn new skills and have fun with activities like swimming, soccer, baseball, martial arts, hiking, dancing, gymnastics, skiing, basketball, skating, cycling, and tennis.
- Encourage children to ride their bikes or walk to school.
- Balance the day with play -- physical activities that are informal and unstructured -- particularly for children and youth who tend to shy away from competition.
- Offer a wide choice of activities beyond organized sports, for example, washing the car, walking the dog, planting a garden, playing tag, building a snowman, tobogganing, vacuuming the carpet, shoveling the driveway, or sweeping the garage.
- Be a positive role model by being active yourself.
- Be a physically active family. Plan activities like hiking, cycling, walking, in-line or ice skating.
- Limit the "non-active" time your child or teenager spends sitting in front of the television, playing video games, or surfing the Internet. Begin by reducing time spent on these activities by 30 minutes per day.