Fitness for Children
Like adults, children should be physically active most, if not all, days of the week.
Experts suggest at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity daily for most children which could include walking fast, bicycling, jumping rope, dancing fast, and playing basketball. These are all good ways for your child to be active.
As children spend more time watching TV and playing computer and video games, they spend less time being active. Parents play a big role in helping kids get up and get moving.
What can you do?
- How can I help my child be more active?
- Be a role model for your children. If they see you being physically active and having fun, they are more likely to be active and stay active throughout their lives.
Involve the whole family in activities like hiking, biking, dancing, basketball, or roller skating.
- Focus on fun. You can do a lot of walking during trips to the zoo, park, or miniature-golf course.
- Include children in household activities like dog-walking, car-washing, or lawn-mowing.
- Limit your children's TV and computer time. Offer them active options, like joining a local recreation center or after-school program, or taking lessons in a sport they enjoy.
- Encourage your child to be physically active every day.
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Health Eating & Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan: Helping Your Child, NIH. Accessed January 2008.