Did You Know?
- Only 1 in 3 children are physically active every day.
- Less than 50% of the time spent in sports practice, games, and physical education class involves moving enough to be considered physical activity.
- Children and teens spend more than 7 hours per day on average using TVs, computers, phones, and other electronic devices for entertainment.
- About 1 out of 3 children is either overweight or obese in the Australia.
- Overweight teens have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
Parents can play a key role in helping their child become more physically active. Parents have the biggest influence on a child attitude and behaviours. They are therefore highly influential in teaching them the benefits of exercise and leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
Our 10 tips to get kids moving….
- Find a fun activity. Help your child find a sport that he/she enjoys. The more she enjoys the activity, the more likely they will continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.
- Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. For example, a 7- or 8-year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 10km run, but bicycle riding, ball games and swimming are all appropriate activities.
- Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
- Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child’s equipment and chosen site for the sport or activity are safe. Make sure your child’s clothing is comfortable and appropriate.
- Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to a bike, balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
- Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves. We often go on family bike rides as a family.
- Play with your child. Help him/her learn a new sport or activity.
- Turn off the TV. Limit TV watching and computer use. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.
- Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercises.
- Do not overdo it. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If this occurs, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it.