Increasing Your Physical Activity
The newest recommendation from the
US government suggest that most people get about 60 minutes or 1 hour of
physical activity most days of the week. Here are some hints to help you get
Turn up the music! Dancing is
great exercise that will get your heart pumping. Some kids & teens download 30
minutes worth of their favorite songs onto their MP3 player or burn the music
onto a CD. Play this music everyday and get down!
Walk the dog! Our pets need
exercise too. Offer to walk the dog for 30
minutes everyday. If you do not have a dog, offer to walk your neighbor's dog.
With your parent's permission,
start a lawn mowing or yard work business. Mowing the grass and other yard work
are great ways to get physical activity. Also, you can make some extra spending
Offer to wash the car.
Don't get stuck watching TV all
summer long. They are all reruns anyway! Look through TV listings before turning
the TV on. Only watch the shows you want to see. Don't just watch the TV when
you are bored. A group of doctors that help kids (the American Academy of
Pediatrics) recommends that we limit TV to less than 2 hours everyday.
During TV commercial breaks, press
mute. Turn up some music and get dancing. Or, do some jumping jacks or
Start a neighborhood walking club.
Plan a daily or weekly walking get
together. This can make walking fun and keep you motivated!
Offer to vacuum, make the beds, or
do the laundry. Ok, I know this sounds a bit crazy! But really, doing chores
like these is great exercise!
Keep a scoreboard! Keep track of
how often you are physically active. Include the activities mentioned above, or
others you enjoy. Sometimes keeping score of the activities helps kids and teens
do them more often.
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