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There are plenty of good reasons to keep teens active and plenty of opportunities to help them include physical activity in their day. Use this guide as a starting point to tempt teens, and yourself, to move a little more.
Getting teens to do anything can be a challenge at the best of times. But if there’s one thing we can do to help them stay healthy, mentally and physically, it’s to encourage physical activity.
The Australian Government has guidelines for optimal physical activity levels for children and teens, the two main goals are to:
This means encouraging and planning for your teens to get up and move throughout the day in lots of different ways, rather than sitting for long periods of time.
Ideas for vigorous activity
Ideas for light physical activity
Using screen time to be active
Sneaky ways to be active
For more ideas try Better Health Channel, VicHealth or Raising Children