Keeping Kids Active
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Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.
As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. This can be due to:
- increasing demands at school
- a feeling among some kids that they aren’t good at sports
- a lack of active role models
- busy working families
And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhood as kids did generations ago. So their opportunities to be active might be limited.
In spite of these barriers, parents can teach a love of physical activity and help kids fit it into their everyday lives. Doing so can set healthy patterns that will last into adulthood.
Benefits of Being Active
When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do. Why? Because regular exercise provides these benefits:
- strong muscles and bones
- healthy weight
- decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- better sleep
- a better outlook on life
Physically active kids also are more likely to be motivated, focused, and successful in school. And mastering physical skills builds confidence at every age.
What Motivates Kids?
So there’s a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it? The three keys are:
- Choosing the right activities for a child’s age: If you don’t, the child may be bored or frustrated.
- Giving kids plenty of opportunity to be active: Kids need parents to make activity easy by providing equipment, signing them up for classes or sports teams, and taking them to playgrounds and other active spots.
- Keeping the focus on fun: Kids won’t do something they don’t enjoy.
When kids enjoy an activity, they want to do more of it. Practicing a skill — whether it’s swimming or riding a tricycle — improves their abilities and helps them feel accomplished, especially when the effort is noticed and praised. These good feelings often make kids want to continue the activity and even try others.
- A parent’s positive attitude will help a child who’s reluctant to exercise.
- Be active yourself and support your kids’ interests. If you start this early enough, they’ll come to regard activity as a normal — and fun — part of your family’s everyday routine.
- Information provided by KidsHealth.org from Nemours Children’s Health. © 1995-2021. The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted following guidelines.
How active kids should be?
When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do.
It is recommended that children and youth get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate-to- vigorous intensity physical activity. Reaching this goal is easy. Increase your child’s physical activity by just five or 10 minutes every few weeks. The time they spend being active will eventually add up to 60 minutes a day.
Active Kids Zone
Rock ‘n’ Kids!
Get up and dance! In-person music, movement and imagination classes available for 1-5 year olds at park districts in the Chicagoland area! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interactive and educational; each class includes songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We have been having fun with music for 26 years! We are also available for in-home parties! All classes and parties have been adapted for everyone’s health and safety! Get more information at www.rockitkids.com.
Great Lakes Volleyball Center
Looking for a volleyball program for your son or daughter, well look no further? The Great Lakes Volleyball Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502 will offer girls and boys programs three years to sixth grade with our Fall Youth Volleyball Academy (K – 6th grade). We also have a GLC Elite JH Winter program for our multisport girl athletes starting in November! For more info, call 630-898-6400 or visit www.greatlakescenter.com FB: Sports Performance Volleyball