Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Physical activity

Doctors recommend a gradual increase in physical activity, such as brisk walking, to at least an hour a day.

Encourage walking to places such as school and the shops, rather than always jumping in the car or bus.

Suggest going to the park for a kick around with a football, or a game of rounders, cricket or frisbee.

Visit a local leisure centre to investigate sports and team activities to get involved in.

Make exercise into a treat by taking special trips to an adventure play park or an ice skating rink, for example. Involve the whole family in bike rides, swimming and in-line skating.

When it is safe to do so, teach your child to ride a bike.

Reducing physical inactivity

Physically inactive pastimes such as watching TV or playing computer games should be limited to around two hours a day or an average of 14 hours a week. Encourage children to be selective about what they watch and concentrate only on the programmes they really enjoy.

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