Moving your body by running, jumping, walking and playing gives you energy, makes your muscles stronger and helps you feel good about yourself. Moving for 60 minutes every day is a great goal. But don't worry if that seems like too much to do at one time. Try doing your moves for just 10 minutes, but do them at least a few times each day.
See how many 10-minute moves you can do each day, like during a homework break or while you're watching TV. Do your favorite thing or try one of the ideas below. If you want to do more than 10 minutes at a time, you'll feel even better!
- Turn on your favorite music and dance.
- Walk to a friend's house that's a few blocks away.
- Go outside and rake leaves, pull weeds or sweep the sidewalk.
- Do inside chores like vacuuming, dusting or emptying the garbage.
- Do jumping jacks for one minute, march in place for one minute and step up and down a stair for one minute. Repeat until 10 minutes are up.
- Play tag with your younger brother or sister.
- Skip rope.
- Walk the dog.
- In-line skate.
- Do part of an exercise tape.
- Shoot baskets in the driveway or at the rec center.
- Practice the Hula-Hoop.
- Kick a soccer ball.
- Ride an exercise bike.
- Jog around the block.
More fun ideas:
How To Get Moving and Have Fun When It's Just You
What To Do When You Are Stuck At Home
Get Moving in Groups
Reviewed by the Kidnetic.com Scientific Advisory Panel, 2006