Monday, November 15, 2010

Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child's Life

Let's face it. Many of us find a hard time becoming active. With all of the daily activities we have to take care of, it just seems that we can never find time for exercise. But exercise is what will actually give us more energy, keep us more healthy and fit. Children who do not learn this lesson do grow up. When they do, they will continue the cycle. So what can you do to make physical activity a part of your child's life?

I found this article from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and wanted to share it. They have offered some very concrete, concise tips for both children and adults.

What can I do to get – and keep – my child active?

As a parent, you can help shape your child's attitudes and behaviors toward physical activity, and knowing these guidelines is a great place to start. Throughout their lives, encourage young people to be physically active for one hour or more each day, with activities ranging from informal, active play to organized sports. Here are some ways you can do this:

•Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.

•Make physical activity part of your family's daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together.

•Give your children equipment that encourages physical activity.

•Take young people to places where they can be active, such as public parks, community baseball fields or basketball courts.

•Be positive about the physical activities in which your child participates and encourage them to be interested in new activities.

•Make physical activity fun. Fun activities can be anything your child enjoys, either structured or non-structured. Activities can range from team sports or individual sports to recreational activities such as walking, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, playground activities or free-time play.

•Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find fun activities to do on their own or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase or riding bikes.

•Be safe! Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads or knee pads and ensure that activity is age-appropriate.

What if my child has a disability?

Physical activity is important for all children. It's best to talk with a health care provider before your child begins a physical activity routine. Try to get advice from a professional with experience in physical activity and disability. They can tell you more about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for your child's abilities.
For more information, visit the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Thanks for blogging with us. I wish you all the best in your life and wishing you good health all your days. Please feel free to add your comments or questions below.
Sarah Kim,
Proud Homeschool Mom

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