Written by: Angela Stinman, PTA
With these long days at home, we are all getting a little stir crazy. Getting active is a great way to not only burn off some energy, but will also help curb some boredom. It is important to provide kids with both the encouragement and the opportunities for a variety of physical activities that are age and ability appropriate, and that are fun and motivating.
The CDC provides the following recommendations for physical activity:
Preschool-Aged Children (ages 3 through 5 years)
- Preschool-aged children (ages 3 through 5 years) should be physically active throughout the day for growth and development.
- Adult caregivers should encourage preschool-aged children to be active when they play—aiming for 3 hours a day—and limit their screen time.
School-Aged Children and Adolescents (ages 6 through 17 years)
- Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day, including daily aerobic – and activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping) – 3 days each week, and that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups) – 3 days each week.
It can feel like a big job to make sure our kids are getting enough physical activity these days. Your PTC therapists are the experts in kid’s activities, so please let us know if we can help you come up with some creative ways to keep your kids moving.