Don't Fast Forward Through Commercials - Post 3/5 of the "Get Your Kids Moving" Series
Updated: Nov 13, 2020
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Welcome back! How did last week’s tip: “Pick Video Games That Require Motion” work for your family? Did you already have those options in your house? While last week we spoke about using screen time to your advantage, today I'm going to discuss breaking up screen time and adding in motion.
With all of the DVR and streaming options, we've gotten used to not watching commercials. This usually means we can watch endless hours of TV without being interrupted.
However, this isn't always a good thing. Our bodies are not meant to be in one position for hours. It has become common knowledge that sitting can be linked to obesity, heart disease and pain. For example, high frequencies of texting and video games in adolescents have been linked to musculoskeletal disorders and pain. Our bodies are meant to move!
But, instead of taking away technology, which may result in an argument, try adding in movement. So, commercials are our friend. They are already scheduled, and you can control whether you watch them, or get up and move.
Each time a commercial starts pick an activity for your child to do. We know that kids want to do things that they consider fun. So, if frog jumps aren't their thing, don't start there. Instead, you can blow some bubbles and have them move around to pop the bubbles. Other kids love to do push-ups, because they see family members doing it. Maybe your kids loves to play pretend – have them pretend to “bake a cake” and use your arms to pick up all the pretend items. Pick something that you know they will find fun.
If you are using a streaming service, go ahead and set a timer to get up and do an exercise with your kid every 20 minutes. Or, if you kid is playing video games, try to have them do an exercise every time the game starts over. If you are having a hard time motivating them, start with lower amount of movement (1-2 repetitions) or try it once a day and then work up.
The goal is to include movement in a way that’s easy and fun, not frustrating. Maybe it’s even as simple as getting a glass of water or going to the bathroom if you’re potty training. Just try to find some extra movement.
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