Dad’s Treat Yourself to a Father’s Day Gift: Exercise with your Kids

Dad’s Be Fitness Vigilant and Give the Gift of Exercise to yourself and to your kids.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine article, “Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents,”

Daily active play and physical activity have traditionally been an important part of life for children and adolescents. Today, computers and social media have decreased the need and desire for children to move and play. Participation in physical activity decreases with age, and the decline is greater in girls than boys. The challenges associated with getting kids active every day should be met with age-appropriate physical activities, enthusiastic leadership, and support from family and friends.

10 Reasons why you should exercise with your kids on Father’s Day:

  1. Regular participation in different types of physical activity is essential for healthy growth and development.
  2. Evidence shows that physical activity can have a beneficial effect on body composition, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, aerobic fitness, muscular strength, movement skills, and bone health.
  3. Regular physical activity can also improve academic performance and promote feelings of wellbeing.
  4. The positive lifestyle behaviors such as participating in daily physical activity that begin during childhood and adolescence tend to carry over into adulthood.
  5. Daily participation in outdoor games, fitness activities and recreational sports will help to improve the health and well-being of all children and adolescents.
  6. Develop Physical Literacy: physical activities with competent and caring instruction provide a unique opportunity for children and adolescents to learn new skills, improve exercise technique and feel good about their accomplishments.
  7. Children who learn how to play with confidence and are motivated to participate in a variety of games and activities are more likely to be physically active for a lifetime.
  8. Be Fitness Vigilant: Children and adolescents should accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily
  9. Movement skills such as running, jumping, and throwing can serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of physical activity.
  10. It’s FUN!

Resource: “Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents”

This brochure was created and updated by Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM and is a product of ACSM’s Consumer Information Committee. 

Check out the article here: Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents