It seems to be common knowledge that the health and wellness of children and adolescents relies on physical activity, but what level of activity is recommended for different ages, and how do we motivate kids to be active? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (1) recommends that youth ages 6-17 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. For parents and caregivers, the benefits are obvious: lower body fat, stronger bodies, disease and obesity prevention, and cognitive benefits, just to name a few. However, not all kids are interested in sports or have the desire to be active – how do we motivate those kids (and all kids) to get up and get moving?
In the teaching tip above, Darci, NETA’s Director of Education, demonstrates how to engage youth ages 6-8 in a fun, interactive activity called “Crazy Cones” that will keep kids on their toes. For more teaching tips and to learn about physical activity recommendations for youth ages 3 to 18, check out NETA’s new Youth Fitness Specialty Certification. Other learning topics in this course include stages of child development, how to safely develop youth athletes and how to promote physical activity for a healthier weight. The Youth Fitness Specialty Certification is designed for instructors and trainers who are currently working with children and adolescents or are interested in doing so. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to effectively work with kids to promote healthy living!
- “Physical Activity Guidelines for School-Aged Children and Adolescents,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm