It all adds up
Exercise doesn't have to be done all at once. Encourage your youngster to be active throughout the day - small amounts of time will add up! In general, school-age children should get at least an hour of physical activity each day. Here are some ways to put more exercise into your child's routine...Have her invite friends over for a backyard game of tag or capture the flag.Suggest that she jump rope for 10 minutes.Put on some music, and dance to it.Bike together to the library or a friend's house. Note: For safety, use sidewalks and wear helmets.When you do errands together, park far from the store to encourage more walking time.Take the steps rather than the elevator when you're shopping or at the dentist.Remember: Regular exercise will not only make your child healthier - it will help her sleep better at night and be in better shape to learn and play all day.