Builds and maintains healthy bones, joints and muscles
Helps you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
Improves how much and how well you sleep
Provides better self-esteem and self-image
Improves coordination and motor skills
EVERY 15 MINS OF EXERCISE IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE BY AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT A QUARTER OF A GRADE.
EXERCISE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 11-18 INCREASES BONE DENSITY, PARTICULARLY IN THE SPINE AND HIP.
30 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE PER DAY BOOSTS CONFIDENCE, REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY.
Make it a
Let kids be part of choosing how to best get active, and make sure certain that the focus is more on having a good time than competition or performance.
Prioritize making time throughout the week for encouraging the entire family to get active together. Hiking, riding bikes, swimming, dancing… there are no limits to how you and your family can get a move on.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot to move a little
There are plenty of activities – hiking, jump roping, dancing, leapfrog – that require little or no equipment. Take advantage of the resources around you, such as parks, hiking and biking trails, swimming pools, tennis courts and community centers. Do a little research and you can find lots of low-cost opportunities to be physically active.
and all around
Even if it’s raining, muddy or snowing, you can still find fun ways to up your activity level. Gear up for the weather and get out and have a blast!
Get active with other families
Meet up at playgrounds, a community pool or a local park. Hosting active birthday parties are another great way to help friends have a good time and benefit from being active as well.