Knox County Health Department Back-to-School Physical Activities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Brianne House, Physical Activity Health Educator with the Knox County Health Department, has some quick and easy after school physical activity ideas for children and families.

Being active improves many things including memory and creativity by increasing blood flow and by supplying more oxygen to the brain, which improves concentration. Overall, evidence shows that children perform better in school.

Parents are the best role models for their children and as caregivers, parents need to take care of themselves as well. Like anything else in life, schedule physical activity(play dates) every day. Create a fitness calendar for your family, and place it in plain view for everyone to see.

Depending on age, gender and development the activities will vary. If you're inside, have a dance party, play balloon volleyball, or just get up and walk around during TV commercials.

If you can get outside, take a walk or bike ride on green ways or nature trails, play sports, toss a Frisbee, create field day event (hula hoop, sack race with pillow cases, water balloon toss) in the backyard.

The CDC recommends that children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per day. If this seems a little overwhelming,start small with 10 minutes, one to six times per day and continue to build from there.

1) Start small with 5, 10 or 15 minutes of physical activity per day.

2) Schedule physical activities every day and leave a calendar of the activities in plain view.

3) Move more, sit less. The more you move the more your body will love you.

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