We use a certain amount of energy just breathing air, keeping our bodies warm, digesting food and performing daily living activities. We use more energy when we perform physical activity. For example, adults use energy at rest but use even more energy when they walk to the bus stop, clean the house or ride a bike. Did you know that people who are more physically active generally use more energy even at rest than those who are not as physically active?
Weight-Bearing Activities Providing opportunities for weight bearing exercises are critical to building strong, healthy bones during the growing years. Weight bearing exercises place the stress of the child's body weight on his bones and muscles to help build strong bones. Activities include running, jumping, hopping, skipping and dancing because they work against gravity to keep the child in the upright position.
Some great ideas to improve Muscle Strength & Enduranceinclude:
- Hanging from a monkey bar
- Games like Tug of War
- Doing a somersault, tumbling or gymnastics
- Doing a handstand
- Playing catch or swinging a bat
- Riding a bike, scooter or skateboard (And always wear a helmet!)
Some great ideas to improve Bone Strength include:
- Jump rope or hopscotch
- Climbing a tree or ladder on a playground slide
- Doing frog hops or crab walks across the floor
- Hopping like a bunny or balancing on one foot