RAISE ACTIVE KIDS!
Children and teens are not moving enough, this comes at the expense of their health, today’s inactive kids are tomorrow’s unhealthy adults.
So how much exercise?
Children aged 6-13
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory committee recommends:
- Time to have fun with family and friends
- Reduces anti-social behaviour
- Helps develop cooperation and teamwork skills
- Provides opportunity to make new friends
For Stronger Muscles & Bones
- Skip, run, hop and jump.
- Climb or swing on monkey bars and climbing frames.
- Play games like tug-o-war and hopscotch.
- Do structured activities like dance, gymnastics and martial arts.
- Organized sports (need flexible rules and short instruction times, the focus should be on enjoyment rather than competition) Basketball, soccer, football, tennis etc.
Be Active and have Fun
Encourage children to play active games like obstacle courses, tag, skipping or throwing a ball or Frisbee. Visit playgrounds, parks, nature reserves, ovals or beaches. Get children involved in a variety of different sports and activities.
Active at Home
Limit time of watching TV and using electronic games. Store portable electronic devices out of sight. Enjoy a walk with children around your local area. Children can help with gardening activities like digging, sweeping or raking.
For short trips, walk or ride safely. For longer trips, park the car some distance away and walk with children for the rest of the trip.
Model an Active lifestyle
Kids copy their parents, be a positive role model, go for walks, take the stairs, walk to events, meeting, go on active outings, bike rides to the park etc.
We as a society need to do more to raise fit kids. Let’s see to it that our children have the best opportunity to be happier and healthier adults.