Being physically active everyday helps to maintain a healthy body weight, build stronger bones, improve fitness, increase self-confidence, and decrease the chance of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that children aged 0-4 accumulate 180 minutes a day of activity. Youth 5-17 years need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day. Just over 80% of kids under 4 are getting the recommended amount, but less than 10% of kids 5-17 are getting enough daily activity!
How can we get our kids to be more active and meet the recommended amount of daily activity?
• Be an active role model and incorporate physical activity as a family .
• Decrease screen time to less than 2 hours a day.
• Walk to school or to a friend’s house instead of driving.
• Try a variety of activities such as soccer, tennis, running, biking, and hiking.
• Resistance training (for example jumping, climbing, and monkey bars) is also beneficial to increase strength and for healthy bones.
Exercise is good for our bodies and our minds and is an essential part of your child’s growth and development. If you have questions, a Registered Physiotherapist can provide more information on the benefits of exercise and how to include more into your child’s daily routine.
Article provided by Amanda Sin, Registered Physiotherapist at Leap Therapy for Kids