Getting Started Activities
to be Fit
started in any exercise regime it is important to go through
1. Make sure your child is able to safely engage in physical
activity. If your child has a medical issue, check with your
physician regarding any limitations or restrictions before
Provide a safe environment for play; check equipment and play
areas for potential hazards.
3. Be prepared.Make equipment readily available for your child,
such as jump ropes, sneakers, balls, and bats.
4. If you are not sure how active your child is at the moment,
take a week to figure it out. Once you know what he or she
needs, make small, easily attainable goals until they reach
the guidelines. Positive reinforcement and encouragement will
go a long way to ensure progress. Join in the fun as well;
setting a good example sends a very powerful message.
To begin, first assess the amount of time your child engages
in screen time. You may not be aware of how much time your
child spends in front of a computer screen or video device,
as a little time here and there may add up to a lot of time
Spend a week observing and marking down the amount of time
spent so that when you speak with your child you are prepared.
Next, determine the amount of time that they are active. To
determine how much time your child exercises every week, observe
their activity level on a typical weekday and a weekend day.
Ask them about recess, and if they actually play during that
time, and record that along with other activities during that