Children receive PE in school once per week in most cases, despite various well-recognized health organizations like the American Heart Association urging schools to host PE classes daily. Although no federal laws dictate whether a school offers physical education courses, Montessori schools do recognize the benefits of health and physical education courses. The physical activity kids receive in St. John the Baptist's school is existent, but the amount of physical activity a child receives weekly or even daily shouldn't end once they're outside of the classroom.
1. Encourage Extracurricular Activities
Even if your child isn't a star athlete, it doesn't mean he or she shouldn't go out and try. Sports help students to get the seven hours of physical activity that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends they receive each week. Not to mention, they help kids develop social skills, learn to work as a team and teach them sportsmanship. If your student doesn't appear to have an interest in sports, encourage them to try. They don't have to play football, basketball or another similar sport that's typically associated with the athletic pupils. They may opt for a sport not offered in school such as ice hockey or bowling. Groups like the YMCA provide students with the option of groups that participate in various types of physical activity, many of which aren't sports. And it doesn't hurt to determine your child's interests and suggests sports he or she might like. Your child will never know what he or she likes without experimenting. Suggest your child asks a friend to participate, too.
2. Take Your Child to Do Physical Activities
Have your child go for hikes each week in different locations. There's plenty to do and see outside. Go for walks on a regular basis with your child. Take your child ice skating, roller skating or mountain biking. Rock climbing challenges kids while building muscle.
3. Limit Television and Games
Place strict limits on the amount of time your child sits in front of the television, tablet or another electronic device. Limit the child to an hour per day. To guarantee they're not lounging, keep them outside of their bedroom and encourage them to go outside. Create a space designated for exercise indoors if you have to.
4. Require Your Child to Go Outside
Children have very little choice but to engage in physical activity when they're outside.
5. Exercise Videos
Online and even via the OnDemand feature on your television are a plethora of videos children can access and follow along with that are fun and age appropriate.
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