It can be challenging for a child to do the recommended amount of daily physical activity. School demands, busy family lifestyles and, of course, television and other screened electronic devices that cause distractions fill up the day.
But children who do not participate in physical activities on a regular basis can experience damaging effects to their health.
The first 10 years of life are crucial for setting active and healthy lifestyle patterns. Obesity is the No. 1 health concern among parents in the U.S. and one in three kids is overweight or obese. So take initiative to get the kids off the couch.
Get the whole family involved in having an active regime. “Kids learn most of their traits from their parents by observing their behaviors,” Stepfán Taylor, pro NFL player and co-founder of ROXs Run&Scan, says. “Make sure you are leading by example and joining in on physical activities. You’re never too old or too cool to do it.” The best kids of activity is unstructured play, he adds.