When I came home from school as a kid, I couldn’t wait to watch television before diving into that night’s homework. For me, sitting down, putting my feet up, and watching my favorite show was my favorite way to wind down from a long day at school. But that got boring after I was about an hour in. Encouraging your kids to Move More after school can help them establish exercise habits that stay with them as they grow up. An immediate benefit to them is just having something else to do when they get home from school! Here are some activities to help your kids enjoy their weeknight evenings:
- Take a Family Walk: This is a great way to get the whole family moving while also catching up on each other’s days. Does everyone get home at different times in the afternoon? Schedule the walk for after dinner! I always love a quiet evening walk.
- Simon Says-Exercise Edition: For a more active twist on a classic children’s game, try commands such as “Simon Says do a push-up” or “Simon says do five sit-ups.”
- Sports: If possible, get your kids involved in a school or community sport they enjoy. Some sports and games can be played as a family at home in the yard, such as soccer and freeze tag.
- Use Technology to Move More: Is the weather outside bad? Try finding exercise videos online or on television that children can understand and participate in. Also, there are many game systems now that have games to help you be more active-try one if it’s available to you! I still enjoy playing those games!
For more ideas, check out this website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/get-active/getting-active.htm . I hope you enjoy this time with your children!
Cara is an EFNEP student intern.