There are many different factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family. Along with eating healthy and getting enough rest, children should be participating in plenty of physical activity. Though most people likely relate physical activity to going to the gym or going for a five-mile run, being physically active can be as simple as throwing a baseball or playing a game of tag.
At Educational Playcare, we understand the importance of being in good physical health, which is why Wellness is one of our Core Values. To take our dedication to health and wellness a step further, all of our locations offer our Quack Pack program, which includes yoga, fitness, and music programs, at no additional cost to our families.
Children who are active and take part in activities that encourage the three elements of fitness – endurance, strength, and flexibility – will see many benefits. Research shows that a child that is physically active is more likely to sleep better and will also have a healthier outlook on life.
Other benefits of physical activity include:
- Controls weight and reduces risk of obesity
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Improves energy levels
- Strengthens the lungs
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Today, families have the added challenge of prying children away from distracting technology and devices. One of the best ways to help children become more physically active is to limit screen time. Here is a list of fun activities families can suggest to their children that promote physical activity:
- Go on a walk or run
- Ride bikes together
- Enjoy a dance party
- Practice a sport or try a new one
- Go on a hike
- Play Follow the Leader or Hide and Seek
At home, families can also promote a healthier lifestyle by creating routines that include simple ways to incorporate physical activity into their everyday life such as taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking farther away from the entrance of a store. Remember that you are a healthy lifestyle role model for your children.
In what ways does your family stay physically active and healthy?