Sitting less and moving more is important for everybody's health. Being a positive role model by participating in activities with children and having your own active lifestyle can have a great effect on children's attitudes to physical activity.
Even basic activities as a family can help instil active lifestyle habits as well as developing motor skills in children from an early age.
To help you incorporate more movement into your everyday life at home, we've put together our top tips to get the family moving!
1. Get back to basics in the backyard
Encourage the family to have a break from technology and get into some old-fashioned backyard family time. Some ideas to get you started include:
- Play ball games, cricket, soccer, basketball, skipping, trampoline, frisbee
- Build a sandpit, do some gardening or even create a vegie patch
- Handball, four-square or hopscotch in the driveway
2. Move those muscles and get the chores out of the way
Chores are a great way to get in some activity without trying, plus you'll reap the benefits of being productive around the house. Kids love water, so get the family active washing the car, and save money at the same time. Or get some watering cans and water those plants!
3. Let your creativity flow
Games are another fun way to get up off the couch and moving. The more active the better, so here are our best suggestions:
- Use pillow cases for sack races
- Follow the leader and Simon Says - keep it active!
- Musical chairs/statues
4. Leave the car at home
Using free or cheap alternative transport (walking, cycling, scooting or even taking public transport) to and from school (or work) can greatly increase the amount of activity across the day, and costs far less than driving. Remember, if you live too far, part way is okay.
5. A new type of reward
Find alternatives to unhealthy snacks and treats as rewards. Sports equipment, clothes, or simply trying something new are great ways to reward kids. Some low-cost rewards ideas to get kids active include:
- Create a treasure hunt game. Place household objects around the house or in the yard for a bit of outdoor fun together.
- Purchasing chalk and make your own games. Mark courts on the ground, or draw 4-square pitches or hopscotch fields.
- Cheap equipment such as tennis balls, skipping ropes, hacky sacks, and hula hoops can have children (and adults) entertained for hours.
While these suggestions are great for getting kids to be active, they can work for adults too. So try incorporating these five tips into your life.
Cancer Council WA delivers LiveLighter®, which aims to encourage Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles - to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active.
You can find lots of great tips, resources and information at livelighter.com.au.