The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids should get at least sixty minutes a day of physical activity. Humidity and heat, as well as busy schedules can certainly make this a challenge in the summer months.
However, there are ways to work around these obstacles such as exercising outdoors in the early morning or evening to avoid extreme temperatures, and breaking up physical activity into shorter intervals if the family’s schedule doesn’t allow a straight sixty minutes of exercise.
Getting outdoors for exercise is great way to increase quality family time, as well, and it doesn’t necessarily have to involve expensive equipment or activities. Simple items, such as balls and jump ropes are handy, inexpensive pieces of equipment to have at home for outdoor fun.
Family walks or bike rides are also a great ways to incorporate physical activity into the day.
About the Author
|Carrie Sawulski, PT, PCS|
Carrie Sawulski, PT, PCS
Pediatric Physical Therapist