Staying active is a very important part of your overall health and well-being. According to WebMD, exercise often leads to better thinking skills, more confidence, better moods and better sleep patterns. Plus, your kids will thank you for adding more physical activity into their day.
You do not have to be a fitness enthusiast to incorporate some sort of exercise into your daily regime with your kids. Exercising doesn’t only mean running on the treadmill or lifting weights, it also means engaging in active transportation (walking, biking, in-line skating and skateboarding), a new sport or activity club and regular outdoor active play.
The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) in their 2009-11 study found that 84% of 3- to 4-year-olds in Canada meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years, which recommend at least 180 minutes of daily physical activity at any intensity. 7% of 5-to-11-year-olds in Canada and 4% of 12-to-17-year olds, meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Youth, which recommend at least 60 minutes of daily MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity).
Canadian children of varying ages need to spend more time on the move to receive the most out of the many benefits associated with leading an active lifestyle!