Dr Preeya's top tips for keeping active with kids
- Rather than turning on a screen (be it TV or iPad) can you turn some music on instead to encourage some dancing? This is something I often do at home with my daughter – even 15 minutes of dancing around is better than 15 minutes of sedentary time.
- Incidental activity is a big winner – can you walk or cycle to the shops or café instead of driving? If the family are heading out somewhere within walking distance think about how you can encourage some incidental activity.
- Every minute of activity counts! 10 minutes of dancing, 15 minutes of cycling, 10 minutes of walking; it all adds up and every minute of exercise counts. Try not to think of needing big chunks of activity as a family - that can make it all a bit daunting (and we know big goals are often hard to achieve); simply try and think of the little bits of activity you can fit in and know that it all adds up. A quick game of chasey or skipping is all physical activity.
- If you're using out of school ours care during school or holiday periods – think about adding in some active sessions (like basketball or athletics camps) if possible.
- Costs can build up with kid's activities but parks are always free and a great way to get the entire family active. Can you walk to the park, kick a footy, play in the playground? Can you walk the dogs to the dog park and throw the ball?
- Winter can be a tricky time with cold, wet days– but when you're planning activities consider substituting an active activity like trampolining or an indoor swim centre/playground instead of a sedentary activity like the movies."