Get active your kids active during Premier’s Active April
- Date: 04 April 2019
- Category: News
Pictured: Two children splashing and playing in the water.
Some children love to get active and spend their time constantly moving while others enjoy spending time on their computer or in front of the TV. However your child likes to spend their time, we have some great tips to keep your kids active or encourage them to start being more active.
Children are naturally energetic and curious, and their bodies and minds are stimulated by all kinds of play. Opening a realm of different and fun ways to include movement into their day!
Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children state that children between the ages of 5-12 should be doing 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, but that they would benefit from much more than that too.
Here are our tops tips to encourage and help your child to be active:
Make sure your child is eating well including plenty of vegetables and protein, limited junk food and lots of water throughout the day. Low energy levels can be a result of diet.
Reduce screen time. The guidelines recommend less than two hours per day, as screen time and inactivity go hand in hand! If you gradually decrease a child’s screen time, it will encourage them to get involved in more active play.
Give ‘active’ gifts for Christmas and birthdays. It can be great to gift things such as totem tennis, balls, bats, table tennis or a trampoline so that they have new ways of being sporty.
Join your child up to a sport team or class, but make sure it’s something they will enjoy doing. Not all children want to kick or throw a ball, they might love dancing, gymnastics or singing instead.
Lead by example and get involved. The whole family could go kick a ball outside, go for walks in your neighbourhood or ride bikes together.
Plant a garden. Helping vegetables and other plants grow can be a great motivator to get outside into the garden, not to mention spend some quality time together.
Include more incidental exercise in your day and walk short distances with your child instead of driving.
Remember that children thrive with encouragement. The best way to increase a child’s physical activity is to find what kind of activity makes them happy and help them to do it more often.
YMCA Victoria is a proud partner of Premier’s Active April because we believe that encouraging Victorians to get more exercise every day is a worthy goal.
Sign up to Premier’s Active April to track your physical activity together as a family through the month of April. It’s free to sign up and there are lots of offers and prizes, including a 10 Visit Pass Card to use at your local YMCA centre.