Did you Know? (from Active Healthy Kids Canada)

Physical activity reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps you maintain a healthy body weight, helps you to do better in school, and it improves your outlook on life!

The average child watches 26 hours of TV each week, and this doesn’t include time spent on the computer or playing video games! Try to reduce the amount of time you spend watching TV and replace it with time being active. The next time your favourite TV show is on, compromise by trying to keep active during the commercial breaks with these activities:

  • Captain Push 'n Crunch - Challenge yourselves to do as many push ups as you can during one commercial. For the next commercial, challenge yourselves to do as many crunches as you can. Continue to alternate between push-ups and crunches for the remainder of the commercial break.

  • Step to it - During the commercial break, walk up and down the stairs once before returning back to the TV.

  • Happy Hearts - When the commercials begin, get out of your seats and try to sustain activity for the entire commercial break. Try marching or jogging on the spot, jumping jacks, or stepping side to side.

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