Think Outside the Sandbox:Creative Ways to Keep Kids Active

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Everyone needs regular physical activity to maintain good health. Adults often understand the importance of exercise, so they work to incorporate physical activity into their daily schedules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a recommendation for children and teenagers stating that young people should participate in at least one hour of physical activity every day. Kids may not realize how vital exercise is for health. However, children usually enjoy active play both indoors and outdoors. This innate desire for physical activity makes it easy to encourage kids to stay active during every season of the year.

Why Do Kids Need to Be Active?

  • Daily physical activity helps children stay fit and avoid obesity.

  • Children who exercise regularly will have stronger bones, joints, and muscles.

  • Regular physical activity helps kids become more agile and coordinated. Active children usually have stronger gross motor skills.

  • When children exercise every day, they often sleep better at night.

  • Active children usually perform better academically, and they have more regular school attendance. The endorphins released during exercise may help children with concentration, which can enhance their cognitive skills.

  • Children who exercise regularly may delay or prevent the onset of some chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

  • Active kids often feel better about themselves.