1.Set a schedule & stick to it! Some of our favorites are: no screen time until after sunset, or play for an hour - get an hour of screen time.
2.A good rule of thumb if kids are studying - Work for an hour, then get active for 15 minutes. Research has shown these short breaks will make study sessions far more productive.
3.Create a move challenge. Use their favorite sport or activity - For Example: see how many baskets you can make in 15 minutes, or try to memorize and sing a song.
4.Give kids the active chores! Instead of sedentary chores like dishes, assign them more active chores like rake leaves, sweep the house, or my favorite - walk the dog!
5.Make a movement jar - Add coins or tokens to a jar every time your kid does an active activity. When the jar fills up they get a reward!
6.Get Out and Walk! - If you're close enough to the park, school, or grocery store try walking! This will get you and your kid moving :)
7.After School Activities - Pre-pandemic this was the best way. Sign your kids up for afterschool activities! They'll not only get exercise, but make new friends and practice social skills.
Research has shown that getting kids active is important not only to combat childhood obesity, but becauseit affects academic performance!
Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. In the USA,one in three kids are overweight. In addition to the obvious health risks, recent research indicates that childhood obesity has serious ramifications for kids' cognitive development.
Studies have shown statistically significant correlations between physical activity and academic performance. In a survey of 12,000 kids, kids that reported to participate in team sports, PE, or other organized physical activity had better academic performance than their peers.
Lastly, research has shown physical fitness is correlated to higher school attendance rates and fewer disciplinary incidents.
Experts recommend kids get 60 Minutes of exercise every day!
That might sound daunting, but we 've found parents are most successful when the break the 60 minutes down into 4x - 15 minute chunks. For kids, aerobic exercises like running has shown the biggest benefit to both cognitive and physical development. So skip the push-ups and play some tag, shoot some hoops, or take the dog on a walk!