It's recommended for children to be active at least 60 minutes daily. With schools cutting physical education classes, most of us will need to get our kids moving after school in order to meet that goal. So, rather than letting them plop down in front of the TV for hours every afternoon, try starting a routine that features plenty of active time.
Begin by choosing a dedicated time for activities each day after school. It could be right when your child gets home, or between homework and dinner. Then, try some of these fun ways to get moving and soon you'll create an after school tradition your kids will love.
Have a Dance Party1 of 10
We can hardly think of a better way to shake off the worries of the day than a mini-dance party. Let the kids help create a fun, uplifting playlist, and they can even take turns playing DJ.
Build a Backyard Fort2 of 10
A backyard fort is a great project for older kids that can be built in stages throughout the year. Working on it each day after school, along with a grown-up's help when needed, will also teach patience and follow-through.
Play Baseball or Basketball3 of 10
What's your family's favorite sport? Whether it's baseball, basketball, football or something else entirely, a quick pre- or post-dinner game is the perfect way to get everyone moving.
Host a Scavenger Hunt4 of 10
Encourage your kids to invite their friends to a Friday afternoon scavenger hunt. Parents can hide fun objects in the backyard and write clues for how to find them. Then, the kids can hunt to their heart's content.
Visit a Local Park5 of 10
Whether a short walk or drive away, a 'field trip' to a local park offers a chance to get active and a change of scenery, too. You might even consider a picnic dinner.
Develop a Green Thumb6 of 10
Yard work doesn't always have to be a tedious chore like raking leaves. Let kids try planting a small flower or herb garden, then encourage them to tend and expand their creations each week.
Walk the Dog7 of 10
The family dog is often forgotten when we're considering creative ways to stay active. Walking Max or Jack or Sadie is a great way for kids and parents to get some exercise, too.
Take a Family Yoga Class8 of 10
Stress reduction and improved balance and flexibility are just a few of the benefits of yoga. Choose a local class for families, or search YouTube and host your own in the backyard.
Be a Positive Role Model9 of 10
Finally, One of the best things a parent can do to help improve their child's health is to be a positive role model. Whether it's staying active or eating healthy, children can be influenced by your behavior and, luckily, they can pick up some of your healthy habits.