Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.
As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. Reasons include increasing demands of school, a feeling among some kids that they aren’t good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families.
And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhoods as kids once did. So opportunities might be limited.
Children of all ages should have a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day. Students who participate in at least an hour of physical activity a day can improve their attention span and cognitive functioning, as well as maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, feel better and function better in school and at home. Make a plan to find a way to add 5-10 minutes beyond Physical Education and recess to their schedule to get up and move.