The Lowdown:

Sitting for long periods, using motorized transportation (such as a bus or car), watching television, playing passive video games and playing on the computer – these are a few examples of Sedentary behaviour, or in other words, the time when children are doing very little physical movement.

The Plan:

  • Active Transportation: Instead of driving, walk to school with a group of kids from the neighbourhood
  • Active Play: Limit after-school TV watching. Plan time outdoors instead!
  • Active Family Time: Instead of video games in the evening, introduce the family to a new active game.

Related: Parenting hack: An easy, everyday change to keep your kids active and healthy.

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 The Achievements:

  • Healthy bodies: Being active helps kids build a healthy heart, bones and muscles. It also helps to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Better grades: Being active helps to improve memory and concentration, fosters creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Positive self-esteem and good mental health: Physical activity helps children feel good about themselves. It provides opportunity to help them master a skill. It helps to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

 

Bonus: 

Better social skills: Playing games and participating in team activities helps children make new friends, learn team-building skills and self-discipline.

Related: 10 Simple to-do’s to keep your kids active


Are your children meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines? Let us know about the types of activities you do with your kids in the comments below!

 

Source: Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines