Many parents are concerned with the obesity epidemic and want to know how they can help get their children more physically active. Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or running laps. Your child can work in daily physical activity while at soccer practice, dancing, riding bikes, walking to school, or by playing with friends. All kids 2 years and older should be physically active for at least 60 minutes on most days of the week. Toddlers and young children should not be inactive for prolonged periods of time — no more than 1 hour unless they're sleeping.
Ways to get moving as a family:
- Be active together. Use physical activity as family bonding time.
- Talk with your kids while walking the dog or shooting hoops.
- Insert physical activity into the things you already do. Park farther away from store entrances. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Set up a safe area in your home where active play is okay. Nasty weather is no excuse to sit on the couch all day!
- Set your weekend in motion by planning active family fun. Try a hike, a walk through the zoo, a dip in the local pool, or a frisbee toss in the park.
- Choose activities at different levels of intensity, like slow walking and skating.
Other websites/resources provide families with ideas and activities they can do together to get fit and have fun as well!
Let's Move: Make Physical Activity a Part of Your Family's Routine
Fun Activities for Children of all Ages
The Role of Families in Youth Physical Activity
Movement Activities for Pre-K Learners
Movement Videos and Games for Early Learners