Physical Activity at Home

Physical activity is essential for children of all ages and helps with the development of a healthy mind and body. The American Heart Association recommends that kids and teens (ages 6-17) get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.It is important to note that this 60 minutes doesn’t need to be consecutive, and can be broken up into smaller time increments throughout the day.

Here are a few ways to get physical activity time as a family:

  • Dance parties: Turn on some music before or after school and groove around the house. Bonus points for getting creative and organizing a family choreographed dance!
  • Scavenger hunts: In your backyard or in the house, have children try to find buried “treasure.” Items can consist of healthy snacks, books, or art supplies.
  • Walking Challenge: As weather permits, try to get your steps in outside as a family. Most smart phones will automatically track your steps, and it can be fun to set “step goals” with your children. Check out Massachusetts Accessible Trails for walking trail options throughout the state.