Get Your Child Active!

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How much daily exercise is your child getting?  Are they getting any exercise aside from what they get at recess while at school or in their homeschool play groups?

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself:

  1. Is it possible for your child to ride their bike or walk back and forth to school?
  2. How many days a week does your child have a PE class at school?  What type of activities are they doing in their current PE class?
  3. What kinds of activities does your child partake in during their school recess.  Encourage them to participate in games instead of sitting on the bench and talking to friends.
  4. What activity could your child do at home after returning from school to “unwind” from a day in the classroom?
  5. Would it benefit your family to go on a quick walk after dinner if weather permits?
  6. Is there an organized sports team that your child would enjoy joining?
  7. Does your local gym have activity classes in the afternoons / weekends for kids?
  8. Is there a basketball goal available for your child to use?
  9. Is it possible for you to move your car out of the driveway so you child can ride their scooter, skateboard, bike, etc?

Go for it, get active!

It is so much easier to keep your child active than to deny them their favorite foods in order to control excessive weight gain.  Face it, the more active we are, the more we can eat without gaining unwanted weight.  This is one of the main reasons that I get myself to the gym during the week.   If I’ve burned calories at the gym and my husband wants to take me out for frozen yogurt, I don’t feel bad about it and can enjoy myself.  If I haven’t burned extra calories that day, a trip to the frozen yogurt store just isn’t a treat knowing that I am adding extra calories to my day that could push my calorie count over the top for the day.  This may seem petty, but all these added calories add up fast and this isn’t something that you want for your child, so get in there and get active with them!

 Photo Credit:  www.ubu.org.uk

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