This Is How Many Hours Your Child Should Be Dedicating To Physical Activity Per DayDon’t just let them sit around the house all day, moms.CREATED WITH DOWNY
When the kids are at home, it’s not uncommon for them to spend the best part of the day in front of a screen, whether it’s a television, game console, computer, or mobile device.
But as much as moms and dads might love the peace and quiet this may bring, remember that children shouldn’t be having too much screen time as it can negatively affect their health and growth. Instead, kids should be encouraged to play more and be active.
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Recommendations on Physical Activity For Health says children and adolescents ages 5-17 years old should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day. Most of these activities should be aerobic, and that kids should exercise to strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 times a week.
Physical activity contributes to the development of bones, muscles, joints, heart, and lungs, coordination, and movement control; and helps maintain healthy body weight. What’s more, physical activity is also said to help young people with managing anxiety and depression and assists in social development.
Parents must encourage their kids to get off their beds or the couch and be more active. And we’re not just talking about exercise and sports. Forms of active transportation such as cycling count, as do these activities that can quickly be done at home:
- Games. How about teaching kids to play well-loved Pinoy games like tumbang preso, piko, habulan, or agawan base? Aside from reaping physical benefits, children can also develop skills and abilities like teamwork, agility, and quick thinking through these.
- Chores. Ask children to help around the house by giving them age-appropriate tasks, including sweeping, mopping, or making their beds.
- Walking. If leaving the house isn’t an option, walk around the house, the yard, and even up and down the stairs.
The WHO recommends that kids “should start with small amounts of physical activity and gradually increase duration, frequency, and intensity over time.”
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Staying indoors doesn’t mean being inactive. Help kids stay healthy and energetic by encouraging them to move and play more!
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