Staying Active After School — Back to School
Did you know young children and adolescents above the age of six need an hour of physical activity every day? While they do get some of this at school, recess is usually only 30 minutes, and P.E. isn’t typically every day. A very important part of parenthood is to motivate your kids to play outside after school when possible.
While it seems easy enough, encouraging exercise is harder than it looks. Many kids will just want to play video games or watch TV and give their mind a break. In order to help conquer the challenge, here is a list of tips to get your child to exercise:
Put your child in charge
Limit screen time
Lead by example
Offer positive feedback
Bring a friend along
Use exercise as a reward
Establish a regular routine
Make it fun
Encourage the idea that exercise is cool
Make exercise non-negotiable
Ultimately, exercising should be something that your kids want to do because you do it, too. Physical activity should be a family priority that everyone participates in and is something enjoyable.
Start this afternoon and make it an after-school ritual. Go walking as a family and talk about the day. That way, your family can be physically and mentally healthy!