To be healthy and active, all members of a family need physical activity every day, just 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children. Toddlers and pre-school aged children need at least 3 hours a day of moving and playing. Your continued health and well being depends on it; and so does the growth and development of children.
By becoming more active, families benefit in so many ways. For example, kids tend to stay within a healthier
weight range and build better bones, muscles and joints. Active kids have less chance of developing some of
the risk factors for heart problems and diabetes later in life, kids who are regularly active also tend to have
higher self-esteem plus have well-developed social skills and can relate better to others.
But everyone in the family benefits, not just your kids. An active lifestyle means a healthier, happier family. Here are some simple ways to become a more active family:
- Be active together. Quality time isn’t time in front of the television. Plan some day trips , plan a picnic, family barbecues, or anything of this sort. Being active together will improve personal relationships and improve communication within your family.
- Encourage both moderate and vigorous activities every day. As a family, aim to do a range of different activities that help everyone develop healthy bones, muscles and joints. Incorporate moderate exercise like walking, hiking, and other vigorous activities that make everyone “huff and puff”.
- Get active any way you can. Children love it when their parents join in their games. Throw a frisbee or ball together, go out and fly a kite or play in the backyard. Stay active by walking the kids to school or riding your bike to work.
- Be a good role model for your kids. If an active lifestyle is part of your life, you’re much more likely to pass similar good habits to your children.
- Last but not least, make healthy choices. Don’t resort to fast food because you are tired and don’t feel like cooking. Always think about your children and what you provide for them to eat. Don’t just give them junk because they are children. Really think about what you are preparing for their breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
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