Tips for Grown - ups

No matter how hectic life gets, try to set aside time for your child to play. Exercise builds strong hearts, lungs, bones, and muscles.  Being active helps kids work off angry feelings.  Children develop balance and coordination through active play.  Run, jump, and play with your kids.  It’s fun, you’ll bond, and it’s good for you too!

Here are some tips for you and your family to stay active!

Tip 1: MAKE FITNESS PART OF FAMILY FUN

Try these easy ideas for active family fun, outdoors and
indoors:
-Blow bubbles for your children to catch.
-Play follow-the-leader, hopscotch, or shadow tag (try to jump on each other’s shadow).
-Keep a balloon or beach ball up in the air using your feet, knees, head, and hands.
-Put on music and dance!

Tip 2: BE A ROLE MODEL

Let your children know how important exercise is by being as active as you can. When children see their parents walking, running, bicycling, or playing sports, they will be more likely to do it themselves.  Exercise often and show a positive attitude towards staying active.  Set exercise goals for your family.  When you reach your goals, celebrate by having a family fun day!

Tip 3: HELP CHILDREN LIMIT THEIR SCREEN TIME

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends less than 2 hours a day for children ages 2 and up.  Encourage activities that get children up and moving! Look for media, games, and apps that encourage children to move their bodies and be active.  With your child, keep track of time spent in front of a screen as well as time spent doing physical activity.