Why Physical Activity is Important?
Physically active children tend to be physically active adults and a lifetime of physical activity can lead to better health. Parents can help their children be more physically active by making physical activity an important part of family life. Limit television and computer time. Make it a priority to spend time with your child by going outside, walking, sledding, playing catch, building a snowman or fort, biking, swimming, playing at the park, and even doing chores together. Children learn from their parents the joy and fun of physical activity by doing it together. Everyone reaps the rewards and benefits of a healthier, happier family.
Regular Physical Activity:
- Helps reduce the risk of developing obesity.
- Helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles.
- Promotes psychological well-being.
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
- And may help improve students’ academic performance, including
- academic achievement and grades
- factors that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom.
One Hour of Play, Every Day
To feel great and maintain a healthy weight, children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Physical activity is anything that gets your heart pumping or makes you stronger. This recommendation comes from health leaders at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about these recommendations, visit Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit website or Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit Fact Sheet.
What Can You Do?
To help your child hit the 60-minute mark, come up with fun ways to add a little bit more activity for the whole family. It doesn’t matter what it looks like – an organized soccer match or a game of tag with mom or dad in the park. Finding ways to add a little more activity to every day can mean big health benefits for your children. Try one of these activities for your family.