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How to help Kids and Teens be more active

  • Be a good role model and have a positive attitude to being active. If your children see you enjoying physical activity and having fun, it can motivate them to participate.
  • Encourage them to play in the backyard, dance to music, ride a bike or get involved in vigorous activities like running, swimming or playing sports like soccer, netball or basketball.
  • Make time to be active as a family – walk to the local park, go bike riding or take the dog for a stroll.
  • Encourage ‘active play’ by buying gifts that get kids and teens up and moving, such as balls, bats, skipping ropes and other equipment. It also helps them develop and practice new skills.
  • Park some distance away from your destination – school, sport or the shops – and walk the rest of the way.
  • Make sure kids and teens have an opportunity to be active after school, either through active play or organised sport.
  • Encourage kids and teens to try different sports or activities so they can find one or more that they really enjoy and want to continue with.
  • Start slowly and build up the amount of physical activity that your children do, particularly if they haven’t previously been very active.
  • Limit the amount of time that kids and teens spend on ‘small screen’ entertainment – such as watching TV, going online or playing computer games – to no more than 2 hours a day.
  • Kids and teens should wear hats, appropriate footwear and 30+ sunscreen when they’re being active outdoors.
  • Make sure they drink plenty of water when they are physically active or playing sports.
  • An active lifestyle is fuelled by healthy foods – make sure your children make healthy food and drink choices and limit foods that are high in added sugar, salt and saturated fat.


Source : https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/kids-teens/get-active-each-day.aspx

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