Promoting physical activity involves replacing sedentary time spent watching television and playing computer games with physical activities fun for adults and children. Adults should really be role models promoting active lifestyles with opportunities for increased physical activity. All children, regardless of the agility level or overweight condition, take advantage of physical and psychological benefits of physical activity. Physicians and health specialists recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activities everyday. The 30-minute period may be accomplished in two 15-minute periods or three 10 minute periods each day.
Suggested indoor kids’activities during winter may be arranged at a local indoor swimming pool, a park recreation room, or in your living room children holiday camps. Activities range between children’s swimming lessons, skill toss, and blind man’s bluff. The less time spent in in sedentary mode, the higher health all will enjoy. Its a matter of planning and sticking to it to improve well-being and physical fitness.
Family games may be organized in simple with little preparation. A straightforward blindfold can transform a kid into the Mayflower and the remaining contestants “rocks” the ship must traverse to access the shore. The same blindfold covers a contestant’s eyes as they try to pin a nose on a clown face or place a soccer through the conclusion zone uprights. Checkers, marbles, or bean bags flipped, tossed, or rolled right into a target may result in hours of fun for kids of most ages and skill levels. “Mother May I?” and “Green Light, Red Light” offer skill training in listening and performance, plus good sportsmanship.
Plan ahead with alternative activities to TV or video/computer games. Board games, target shooting, puzzles, and model building are a lot better than sitting dazed in front of the tube. Limit TV and computer time with scheduled use. Look at TV guide instead of surfing channels. When a show is finished, turn fully off the TV, don’t watch the next program unless it was planned.
Be active with the children by showing them how to do an activity. Play using them to create skill and endurance.
The best way to influence anyone, especially children, is by example. If you plan and encourage physical kids’activities, you and your loved ones will reap the rewards now and later on with better health and well-being.