Our busy family lives often have us putting our own health on the back burner. Many of us are barely meeting daily activity recommendations. The American Heart Association recommends:
- adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity throughout the week, and
- children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
Yet, less than half of U.S. adults and only 1 of 3 kids reach these benchmarks, with "not enough time" cited as the main challenge to getting regular exercise.
Well, there is some good news. Current research suggests that short, intense bursts of physical activity may still have health benefits, as long as they add up to a total of 30 minutes daily. We're more likely to stick with a physical activity routine when it involves short bursts of exercise. For example, six 5-minute bursts of activity throughout the day may be more practical to some people than a 30-minute workout done at once.
Even better, studies show that vigorous activity can improve children’s brain health and development, especially concentration, memory and thinking skills that boost academic performance. Kids learn through movement, so quick activities spread throughout the school day and after-school can make them better students.
To help you get started, here are some quick and effective moves that you can do anywhere compliments of Fix.com. For the kids, check out these Power Chargers by Health Powered Kids and the awesome Game Library by Playworks.
Source: Fix.com Blog