Lakeshore Pediatric Center
635 N Hwy 16
Denver, NC 28037
Most children love to run, jump, climb and play games. Outdoor activities give kids the opportunity to use up some of their energy, develop coordination, and build strength and confidence. Unfortunately, computers, video games and television, are taking up more and more of children's leisure time. As our kids spend more time inside involved in sedentary activities, they are at higher risk for becoming overweight, feeling tired or lazy, and losing muscle tone.
How much exercise does my child need?
It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. It does not have to be done all at once. Short 10 to 15 minute spurts of activity works well too. If your child is not used to exercising very much, have him or her work up gradually to this level of activity.
How can I help my child get more exercise?
What if my child doesn't like team sports?
For children that don't want to participate in organized sports or classes, finding ways to get them moving can be more of a challenge. However, there are some forms of exercise that can be done alone or with the family. Your child may enjoy:
Do some activities as a family. If there is time in the evenings, you can go out for a walk. Smaller children enjoy riding or skating alongside their parents as they walk or jog. You could also go out after dinner and play a game of catch, jump rope or hopscotch. Kids are often more willing and excited to exercise when mom, dad or older siblings are doing it with them. Try to plan weekends where the whole family participates in doing something active.
Active chores can also get kids moving, such as
For those children, that are very resistant to outdoor exercise, consider exercise videotapes developed just for kids. There is a wide selection of these tapes and your child may prefer this type of activity.
Written by Terri Murphy, RD, CDE for McKesson Health Solutions LLC.
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.