Kids need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day and sometimes it can be difficult to make that a priority in our busy lives. With work, school and everything else in between, it can be easy to let your child’s physical activity fall by the wayside. However, we’ve come up with some ways to make sure your kids get the recommended amount of activity without making too much work for you as a parent.
Sign your child up for an after school organised sport. Having a scheduled activity throughout the week makes it easy to get into a routine. For example, if your child knows Soccajoeys is every Tuesday, you won’t miss it and your child is guaranteed to get their necessary physical activity for the day. Kids should also get at least three days of strengthening activities throughout the week to build muscle and strong bones. Organised sport is a great way to make sure this happens.
Limit the amount of time your child spends doing sedentary activities. Limiting the amount of time your child spends in front of the TV or computer frees up time for them to participate in active play, like playing in the backyard, dancing or riding their bike.
Become a part of your child’s activity. Participating in physical activity with your child sets a good example. Taking time to be active as a family, for example walking to a local park, taking the dog for a stroll or walking your child to and from school, makes getting the recommended amount of exercise a fun activity. It’s good for them and its good for you; the whole family wins.
Soccajoeys is dedicated to providing a healthy and active environment for children. Soccajoeys programs are aimed at introducing kids to the early learning principles of children’s soccer while increasing their physical and social development.