Day 7: 60 Active Minutes

Active kids are happy kids – they like to be up and about, running around and having fun.

Kids need to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity that gets their heart beating faster than usual. And they need to do it every day to burn off calories and prevent them storing up excess fat in the body which can lead to cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Check out your local swimming pool. Kids love splashing around in the water and they’ll get exercise even if they’re just jumping around in the water.

More ideas for 60 active minutes:

Walk

We tend to rely on cars and buses to ferry the kids around these days (particularly for short hops) when we could be using our feet. Think about walking together, rather than jumping in the car or on the bus. If the journey is too far, you could always stop a bit earlier, and put your best foot forward for the rest of the journey – and hey you can even save money by walking too.

Dance

It doesn’t have to be at a dance class – you can dance to the radio, or in front of the TV – all you need is a great tune and you and your kids can have fun dancing anywhere.

And it doesn’t end there…

Activity doesn’t have to cost anything. It needn’t mean joining a gym or sports club (although that’s great if that’s what your children like). Going outside is free and fun is the best gym. So remember – any kind of activity counts towards your children’s 60 active minutes.