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It’s true: An hour can seem like a lot of time for today’s busy kids. Dark evenings and cold winter temps may also discourage kids from being active. Still, the benefits make overcoming these challenges well worth it.
Physical activity helps kids develop healthy muscles and bones. It also reduces their risk for developing serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Active kids have lower blood pressure and healthier cholesterol levels, too.
Research shows some other interesting side effects. Fitter kids tend to have higher grade point averages, better classroom behavior and improved thinking skills.
Parents play a key role in helping kids stay active. Kids are more likely to be active if they have the support of their families. Try these strategies to keep your kids moving this winter.
Make moving more a goal for your entire family. Here are some fun ideas you can all do together.
Your kids are more likely to be physically active if it involves something they enjoy. Talk with them to see if they’d be interested in any of these options.
If your children don’t have a 60-minute block of time for exercise each day, don’t worry. They don’t have to do it all at once. Try these ideas to sneak smaller bits of physical activity into your kids’ days.
You don’t need to let busy school days and cold weather keep your family from being active. With a little creativity, you’ll find plenty of ways to stay fit this season.
Originally published 1/25/2016; Revised 2021
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