Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents build strong bones and muscles, control weight, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, higher levels of physical fitness and activity lead to improved concentration and memory. Read more.
Below are some tips to get the family moving, too.
Step #1: Invite.
- If possible, invite family members that live with you to join in the fun.
- No age restrictions.
Step #2: Choose an activity that gets your heart pumping such as:
- Running in place for 30 seconds
- Practicing spelling by doing a jumping jack after each letter.
- Doing wall sits while reading
- Playing tag
- Riding bikes
- Playing a sport (any sport, such as soccer, football, basketball or volleyball can be played in the yard or at the park)
For more examples visit the American Heart Association’s informational page on 25 Ways to Get Moving at Home.
Step #3: Warm-up.
Stretching makes your muscles and joints more flexible. It is also important to stretch after you exercise to cool down your muscles.
Step #4: Have fun!