Here are some easy ways to help keep your kids active and moving (adapted from Stop Sports Injuries).
- Play in the backyard: Run around. Play tag, soccer, or hide and seek. Visit your neighborhood park or school playground together as a family.
- Find an after-school activity: Help your child choose a physical activity that interest them. Dance, gymnastics, martial arts, and even yoga for kids are great ways to strengthen bones and build muscles. Being part of a class or team also allows your child to socialize with friends or make some new ones while exercising.
- Walk or ride bikes to school: Encourage your child to walk to school once in a while, or ride their bike. If that’s not possible, take family walks or bike rides together in the evenings or on weekends.
- Schedule an activity: People are so busy these days. Sometimes you need to actually put something down on your calendar to make it happen. Sign them up for a kids’ marathon or family fun run. Or set a specific goal with an end date, like riding a bike without training wheels. Help your child to achieve it, and you can work out alongside them while doing so.