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5 Tips To Keep Children Active


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5 Tips To Keep Children Active

1. Walk or cycle to school.

Ditch the car for walking or biking it to school. Avoid traffic and start exercising your way to healthier living. Exercise in the morning can be a great stimulant for the mind so make sure you encourage your child to get up a little earlier and make the effort. You can perhaps organise walking groups with other children in the area and get them to put last year's Christmas (show bike in b-roll) present to efficient use.

2. Find out what they’re into.

If they’re into playing action video games they might enjoy a karate class! Enrolling in an extracurricular activity can be a great way for your children to meet new friends and get out of the house.

3. Use weekends to get outdoors.

Go and explore the great outdoors! Climb trees, fly kites or play soccer in the field out front. If it’s raining you can try some indoor rollerblading, ice skating or try indoor adventure centres.

4. Get involved with sponsored activities.

Sign up for activity challenges together like sponsored walks or sports days. This can be a great way to spend quality time with your child and get them exercising for a good cause!

5. Get them outdoors.

Don’t huddle your children indoors too much. The risks involved in letting them play outdoors are far less than the risks you put them at if you keep them bundled inside which include diabetes, anti-social behaviour, depression and obesity.

Children should get at least an hour of physical activity every day, which should be a mix of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as fast walking, and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as running.

On three days a week, these activities should involve muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, and bone-strengthening activities, such as running. Many vigorous-intensity aerobic activities can help you meet your weekly muscle- and bone-strengthening requirements, such as running, skipping, gymnastics, martial arts or football.

Have fun!

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Published June 2013

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