Lynn Beattie, Nutrition Education Specialist with WIC Program
Warmer temperatures are finally upon us, and it’s a great time to think of ways to be physically active with our families. Being active as a family helps children feel confident about themselves and their bodies as they grow, and seeing you as a parent being physically active reinforces the importance of exercise for your kids.
Children need at least 60 minutes of activity per day. Try these ideas to get the entire family moving:
- A stretch of sidewalk is all you need for great chalk and pavement games. Try tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, or create an activity course!
- Visit the park and have relay races, or play capture the flag or a game of tag.
- Go for a walk and add more fun by playing a game. Choose something you see often and start counting—one light post, two light posts, three light posts…See if you can get to ten!
- If it’s a rainy day, try some indoor games. For example, give each child two paper plates. Have them put one paper plate under each foot and slide around on the floor like they are ice-skating. Can they skate backwards? Can you? Add music for extra fun!
Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times per week. In addition to joining in on the games with your children, try taking 10 minutes out of your day to go for a walk, or dance to your favorite music. What would you like to try or what have you done that has worked for your family? Let us know!