At Children’s Minnesota, we believe it’s important for kids to stay healthy and happy as they grow up. One way to accomplish this is through physical activity. Whether your child loves to play on the playground, run around in the yard, or play sports, staying active is key to a healthy summer.
However, as kids grow up, it can be hard to encourage them to stay active as they move on from playgrounds and playing tag in the yard.
Check out our advice for keeping children active from toddlerhood through their teenage years below:
Preschoolers: Preschoolers need play and exercise that helps them continue to develop important motor skills—kicking or throwing a ball, playing tag, riding a bike with training wheels or running obstacle courses.
Although some sports leagues may be open to kids as young as 4, organized team sports are not recommended until they’re a little older.
School-age: With school-age kids spending more and more time in front of screens, the challenge for parents is to help them find physical activities they enjoy and feel successful doing. These can range from traditional sports such as softball and basketball to biking, hiking and playing outside.
As kids get older, differences in ability and personality become more apparent, which often go hand in hand with commitment and interest level. This is why it’s important to find an activity that’s right for your child.
Teens: Teens have many choices when it comes to being active, from school sports to after-school activities, such as yoga or skateboarding. Providing transportation and their gear makes it easy for your teen to exercise. In some cases, the right clothes and shoes might help a shy teen feel comfortable biking or going to the gym.
Now that it’s summer in Minnesota, it can be easier to find more opportunities for your child (and you!) to stay active. So, get out there and have some fun!