We all need to move, especially kids and young people.
Legacy Health and the Portland Trail Blazers have teamed up for Fit Month to help everyone move toward being fit and happy.
Kids need to move an hour a day
That’s right, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that children and adolescents should do an hour or more of physical activity each day.
If that sounds like a lot, don’t, um, sweat it. We have some tips.
Find a way to get out and play
To help your young people:
• Take them to places such as parks, fields, courts and trails
• Give them equipment that encourages physical activity
• Be positive about any sport or activity your child does
• Try to make sure they do a mix of exercises that build lungs (running, brisk walking), muscles (push-ups, climbing) and bones (jumping, hop-scotch)
It’s good for you to get moving too
Make it a group activity that is good for all:
• Be active yourself
• Make physical activity part of your family's routine –– family walks or active games instead of TV and screens
• Make it fun, whether structured or not. Hiking, swimming, dancing or just playing chase, they all count!
These tips were adapted from the CDC. The CDC also has some helpful guidelines on exercise for children and people of all ages.