- Building Physical Activity into your Day
Building Physical Activity into your day
An active lifestyle is healthy and fun for the entire family. Active living means building physical activities into your family's routine. As role models you can have a huge impact on the health of children and youth. We all learn by example. Allowing yourself to make physical activity a priority in your life can benefit the whole family.
Here are some activities to try with the children.
- Take a walk after supper - and make it a "treasure hunt". List 5 - 10 items for each of your children to look for on their walk, a leaf, a twig, a pinecone, etc. Provide a paper bag to hold the loot.
- Cycle together on a nearby trail. See the Trail Guide for details.
- Rake the leaves and allow your kids to jump in the piles
- Dance to your favourite music in the living room or recreation room
- Play Frisbee
- Leave the car at home when going on short trips.
- Make a kite - then Fly it!
- Have a family basketball game
- Play sports of any kind. If you have driven your child to a team practice, bring a pair of runners so you can take a walk instead of watching your child for the entire game.
- Toboggan or ski.
- Organize neighbourhood games to help kids meet new friends to play with.
- Go for a family swim at your local pool or lake.
- Organize a parents versus children soccer game in your neighbourhood
- Walk the dog.
- Use side walk chalk to play hopscotch.
- Run through the sprinkler on a hot day.
- Check out a class like yoga, hip-hop aerobics or gymnastics at your local community centre.
- Turn the skipping rope for your kids and offer a tune to encourage them.
- Take a martial arts class with your kids.
- Allow kids time for adventurous play. Some freedom to be independent, play outdoors and use their imagination.
Physical activity does not have to be hard to benefit your family's health! But it does have to be fun!
Having boundaries is helpful for kids to learn as they grow. Placing clear limits on television viewing is a good boundary to set and provides more time for active play. Try to restrict viewing to a half-hour per day or one hour every other evening. Explain your rules in positive concrete terms. Try replacing "You can't watch TV" with "Let's turn off the TV so we can…"
- ParticipACTION - To find statistics on the health of Canadian Children and current recommendations to increase physical activity.
- Outdoor Recreation - Find out why it is important for families to get active outdoors in nature and find some great ideas for doing this.
- Access and Inclusion - To ensure your child has access to physical activity programming in the Leeds Grenville & Lanark area find out what funding and supports are available.
- What is happening in your community?
- Play Sport - for games and activities that encourage fun, free play while helping kids develop the skills required to participate in all kids of sports.
- High Five - contains information for parents on choosing quality recreation and sport programs.
- To explore the great cycling opportunities.
- YMCA Canada - This site lists locations and services offered through the YMCA.
- Horse back riding is a great activity for both children and adults. For more information on this topic please check out the Ontario Equestrian Federation website.