We Love to Move it….Move It! – Exercise Ideas for Your Child

 

With Spring right around the corner, the season of becoming more active is fast approaching. If your child is not currently involved in organized/adapted group sports or individual activities, you may find it difficult to find what motivates your child to get up and move it!

In this blog we will investigate a few exercise ideas to pursue in order to encourage your child to be more active.

 

Current CDC guidelines state the following for exercise recommendations for children:

 

  • Children and adolescents should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.
    • Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
    • Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
    • Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
  • It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.

What aerobic exercises should you be focusing on with your child? Swimming, biking, trampoline jumping, stair climbing, jump rope, and walking are excellent ideas.

What muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening exercises should you be focusing on with your child? Research has shown that children’s yoga programs are an excellent form of exercise for children with autism.

YouTube™ is also an excellent resource for physical activity programs for children with special needs. However, make sure you fully view the video first and attempt video with your child.

If you have any further questions or your child has difficulty participating in the above listed exercises, please call the office and schedule a physical therapy evaluation in order to pinpoint the best exercise routine for your child!