EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

We’ve Got to Move It – Move It!

Posted on: August 23, 2010

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

 “Children and teens should be physically active for at least 60 minutes on most, preferably all, days of the week”   *USDA 

Good advice.  

While we all know that team sports and activities like soccer and dance keep muscles moving, here are some tips provided by the USDA for everyday activities as well!
“Do Plenty”  Move whenever you can. 

  • Take a Walk!  Walk the dog, walk to school or to the store, walk to friends’ houses.
  •  Play outside – yes, outside!  Toys used inside can be used outside in the yard or on the sidewalk.
  • Ride bikes and roller-skate.
  • Throw balls in the back yard and aim for a hoop.
  • Housework helps.  Let kids vacuum and dust.  Sweep and mop floors and walk up and down stairs.

“Do More”  Get those hearts pumping! 

  • Run and jog, skip and gallop.                                                                                      
  • Kick those legs in dance and gymnastics.
  • Jump, hop and play with that hoola- hoop sitting in your garage.                                               
  • Roll around in the leaves, in the pool and down the hill.                                                          

 “Do Enough”  Find ways to help children locate muscle movements.                                                                 

  • Create arm strength through simple actions like stirring batter and big actions like shoveling and digging. 
  • Grow a garden and pull weeds.
  • Stretch and work out with yoga, pull-ups and sit-ups.                                                              
  • Lift weights; from soup cans to wrist weights.  Match the weight to the strength of your child.

“Do Less”  A little goes a long way.Try to limit these activities – for you and your children!                                  

  • Playing on a computer and with hand-held electronic games.                                                         
  • Watching television.                                                                                               
  • Talking on the phone and texting.                                                                                  
  • Laying on the couch and just sitting around.

   
Help your children be even healthier!
Along with these tips from USDA, check out MyParamid.gov for nutritious snacks and good meals. 

Every parent knows that an active child is a healthy and happy one.  So what are you waiting for??  Get Moving! 

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director 

  

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