Physical Activity for Kids
We need to show our young people the benefits of living an active life while choosing a healthier lifestyle. Studies from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) show that physical activity declines substantially during adolescence, so it’s important to establish good habits early and encourage physical activity that kids can take through to their teenage years.
It is recommended* that children between the ages of 5 – 18 years should engage in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day and spend less than two hours per day of leisure time in front of the TV, computers and game consoles.
Keeping physically active can be achieved in all kinds of fun ways and doesn’t need to be done all at once.
Some fun tips to work up 60 minutes of activity:
- Play outdoor games with friends or siblings
- Go to the park to play or take the dog for a walk
- Take a family visit to the zoo, a museum or an outdoor maze to explore
- Walk, run or ride a bike to get from place to place
- Consider active holidays that include hiking, biking, boating or swimming
- Dance – whether in a class or just around the lounge room to your favourite songs
- School or after school sports – netball, soccer, softball, athletics, etc.
Being active is a great way to spend time with family and friends, explore the local community or to re-energise during break times at school.
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