It was really nice on the weekend, so the kids and I decided to take a walk to the park. Just behind the park is a large grassy area with trees and it's beautiful! So to take advantage of this area, we took the soccer ball with us and played a quick game of soccer (about 5 minutes) on the grass. Everyone was running and getting exercise and it was a lot of fun! I will admit that I have never thought to take the soccer ball to the park like this. But what a great idea? I think it will come with us more often!
There was two different parts to this activity. Before and after. Before we started playing, I talked to my daughter about how she was feeling. I was very specific. How does your heart feel? How are you breathing? Are you warm or cool? After we played soccer, I asked her the same questions and these were her answers.
"My heart is goin' fast. So is my breath. It's fast cause I was exercising. And now I'm hot. I'm not cool anymore. Can I take off my sweater?"
Here are some quick numbers on how active our children SHOULD be. How active are your children?
- Children UNDER 4 should be moving at least 180 minutes every day
- Children between the ages of 5-11 should be active for 60 minutes every day
- Teens between the ages of 12-17 should be active for 60 minutes every day