Exercise vs. Physical Activity with Children (Giveaway)
It can be difficult to explain the difference between physical activity and exercise with children. The definitions are much easier to describe with teens and adults.
For teens and adults exercise is movement you do for physical improvement.
Physical activity is movement done throughout the day. This includes exercise but also includes:
- walking in the grocery store
- climbing stairs
- doing chores
- walking for transportation
For young children exercise means playing and being active.
This might take place:
- in your backyard
- at the playground during recess
- biking to and from school
- during gym class
Children should have a variety of physical activities that challenge them in different ways. Some activities should make your child breathe hard, like tag or chase games. Other activities should challenge their physical skills, such as getting across the monkey bars (strength and agility) or learning to hit a baseball (hand-eye coordination). Don’t forget activities that include a variety of movement skills and abilities, such as hopscotch, swinging or playing active make believe games.
The most important element of physical activity for children is fun!
One sure way to make it fun is if the whole family plays together. Kids love to play games with their parents! Therefore, work together to get your 60 minutes of exercise every day!
How did you get your 60 minutes of exercise today?
From May 11 to August 30, we’ll be giving away one gift card per week. There are multiple ways you can enter, including visiting our Facebook page, leaving a comment on the blog and subscribing to our e-newsletter. Look for the big yellow box, like the one below, and follow the instructions to enter up to 7 times each week.
This giveaway is open to Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois residents only. Winner will be notified via email and asked to provide a mailing address to receive the prize; if the winner does not respond within 7 days, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected.