Whether it’s playing with friends or family, taking part in sports and other physical activities, or joining in regular family activities, being active is good for everyone!
1. Get active early
Active kids are more likely to become active adults so teach them to enjoy it now!
2. Variety, variety
Encourage kids to try a range of sports and activities to develop a range of skills, and find one or two they really like.
3. Have fun
Sounds simple but the basic rule is that sport and activity should be enjoyable.
4. Take the lead
Kids take their cues from parents – so make activity a regular part of your family routine.
5. Give toys a miss
Help kids get active by giving sporting goods rather than toys as gifts.
6. Try something new
Develop a new family activity such as indoor rock-climbing, bike riding, skiing or sailing.
7. Handy action toys
Keep a touch footy ball, basketball or tennis ball handy to grab on your way outdoors for an easy 20 minutes of fun.
8. Find a balance
Help kids find their own balance of friends, physical activity, indoor play and homework with unstructured play such as daydreaming, creating, thinking and reading.
9. Give the chauffeur the day off
That’s you! Introduce kids to the way we all once got around – walking with them or riding bikes.
10. Everyday action
Aim for 30-60 minutes of moderate activity every day, plus 20-30 minutes of stronger activity up to three times a week.