For children and teens to grow up healthy, it’s important they are physically active and eat healthy foods every day.
Physical activity has benefits at every age, and helps kids:
- keep their heart and lungs strong and healthy,
- become more flexible,
- develop strong bones,
- keep a healthy body weight,
- lower the risk of disease and health problems,
- improve their mood and self-esteem, and
- do better in school.
“Sedentary behaviour” means time spent doing very little physical activity, such as sitting at a computer, playing video games, or watching television. Children and teens should spend less time on these activities and more time being active.
How to get your kids active
Your child learns the most about healthy active living from you. Include the whole family in regular physical activity and healthy eating. It’s easier if families do things together as part of the daily routine.
Choose activities that suit your child’s age and stage of development. Give your child lots of time to be active in both structured activities, like CrossFit Kids & Teens, organised sports, as well as unstructured activities like playing in the playground; and keep activities fun.
As teens strive for independence, they may want to do some things on their own or with friends. Coach led programs like CrossFit Teens for 14-18yo is fun, safe and complimentary to organised sports; helping to prevent injury and building self-esteem.