Did You Know… Just one hour of physical activity a day can keep your kids healthy

GHHEditor May 18th
Start: May 18, 2017

A little bit of movement is good for the body and the mind, and that’s especially true when it comes to our kids. According to health experts, by adding just one hour of movement throughout the day, kids are able to focus better in the classroom, and might even pay more attention to what you tell them! No need for the hour of activity to happen all at once, and you’ll find that short bursts of movement throughout the day add up fast!

A few of our favorite ways to keep kids moving include:

  • Playground obstacle courses. From monkey bars to tire swings to stairs, playgrounds are really just kid-sized gyms. Team up with your kiddos to create an obstacle course through the different parts of the jungle gym, and watch on as your kids zoom past.  
  • Jumping rope. A timeless favorite, this simple activity will have kids working up a sweat in no time. Turn on some music to keep the energy levels high.
  • Hula Hoop Hangouts. Whether testing out their classic hula skills or using the hoop to mark “safe zones” in a game of tag, this simple toy can help keep kids moving, whether alone or with a group of friends.  
  • Freeze Dance. Stuck indoors? Turn up your kids’ favorite playlist and challenge them to a freeze dance competition. Extra points for whoever can come up with the craziest moves.

The summer heat can make it tough to keep kids active, but these FREE options around Harlem and nearby neighborhoods can make it a little bit easier to get our children moving. So, in the words of Michelle Obama “Let’s Move!” 

  • Children’s Aid Society Summer Camps: Registration is all year round, but space is limited. Click here for contact information.
  • Kids In Motion: Staff will be hosting four to seven hours of free activities designed to get kids moving in parks around Harlem and other NYC neighborhoods. Click here to find a park near you!
  • Free pool access: NYC parks opens up its pools to all for the summer, starting on June 29, 2017. There are even opportunities for free swimming lessons! Click here to find a pool near you.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the NYC Play Mobiles and Fitness Mobiles, which will bring games, toys, and exercise equipment to events near you from May through October. If you’re hosting an event, click here to find out how to make sure the recreation vans swing by! 
  • Summer on the Hudson: NYC Parks and the Riverside Park Conservancy will be hosting kid-friendly events in West Harlem Piers Park all summer long. Click here for a full schedule of events. 
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