Physical activity in children is extremely important. Not only is it beneficial to their physical health in maintaining healthy bones and muscles, it is also beneficial to children’s mental health. Physical activity helps children’s self-esteem, increases enthusiasm, behaviour and also promotes teamwork and friendship. Physical activity in children should not be limited during school time, but promoting it outside of the school environment is important too.
Tips to promote physical activity in children
As a parent or carer of a young person, there are many things you can do to help promote physical activity in children. Here are just a few helpful things you can do:
Emphasising that physical activity is fun is a great place to start. Be enthusiastic by it too and set a good example. It’s also super important to find something your child enjoys doing.
Choose an activity that is age appropriate
Make sure you choose an activity that is suitable for them. There’s no good in choosing a 5 miles run when they haven’t practiced running before. Choose something like swimming, football or cycling.
Set Screen Limits
With children spending more and more time in front of a screen, it’s important to set some limits. It also helps to ensure there is time in the day for physical activity.
Get friends involved
Invite their friends over to the park for a game of football or hide and seek! Getting their friends involved too will also help with their social and team skills and they will soon realise how fun it is to be active.
Ensuring children have access to toys that forces them to be active is great. Things such as skipping ropes and balls are a great place to start.
It is recommended that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. However, there are many reasons why sometimes it is not possible. Whether that’s a family’s busy work schedule or even the weather, sometimes it can be difficult. The best thing to do is to plan some time in the day, dedicating to getting moving. This could be in an after school club, a walk after dinner or even cycling to school!
How can I help promote physical activity in children?
As the Managing Director and Head Coach of The Little Runners Sports in Schools, I understand the importance of physical activity in children. I help to assist students in taking sports to a higher level, which results in the overall improvement of their education, fitness and well-being. I truly believe that you can train your mind in the same way you learn to train in sports.
So whether you are an individual or a school, I can help inspire and instil confidence with an effective sports programme, so each individual can realise their full potential.