Parents' Guide: Alex Moves His Body
Reinforce the Message: Exercise is Fun
Try to limit your child's total screen time (for video games, TV, and computer) to less than two hours a day. If you can, don't let your child watch more than one hour of TV in a sitting. Cut back screen time gradually, if necessary. You can even add exercise into your child's screen time. For example, make a deal that after every video game he plays, he gets up and dances, hops, stretches, or does some other physical activity for five minutes. Or do jumping jacks together during the commercials while watching TV.
Children may find it easier to decide on an activity if you give them a specific choice, such as, "Would you like to ride your bike or play catch?" Help your child enjoy physical activities more by adding music or increasing or decreasing competition (based on her temperament). Praise your child's efforts to keep up her motivation.
Remember that kids learn by watching what you do. So make sure you're getting daily exercise, too. Maybe take a walk as a family after dinner instead of watching TV. It's a great way to be healthy and spend some quality time together.