As a parent or teacher, you can help kids incorporate physical activity throughout the day without having to “exercise.” Physical activity does not have to be completed in a school P.E. class, on the playground, or even at the gym pumping iron. Help your kids stay on track by providing movement opportunities and serving as a positive role model. Here are eight easy ways to encourage kids to be more active throughout the day. 

1. Dance and Dress.
Encourage your kids to energize first thing in the morning by cranking up the tunes in their room and dancing crazy while getting dressed for school. 

2. Move while Waiting.
Throughout the day kids have several moments where they have to wait. For example, when they are waiting for the bus, encourage them to stand up and sway from side to side, pace, perform arm circles or other movements using their backpack as a weight. 

3. Switch up the Commute.
Remind your kids that a fun way to get to school is by riding a bike or walking. If some kids live too far away, recommend that parents drop them off further away to give them a chance to walk. 

4. Daily Stretches.
Re-energize your kids by doing some stretches mid-morning and mid-afternoon. They can be as simple as touching your toes or as complex as a fitFlow.

5. Take the Long Way.
Whether you are headed to the library or to the lunch room, take your kids on the longest route to increase the number of steps they take. Add in a fun element by having them crouch down, penguin waddle, walk on their tip toes, or other creative movement ideas.  

6. Stairs, Stairs, and More Stairs.
In addition to taking the long way, take the stairs whenever possible. Better yet, if there are stairs outside take periodic breaks and head outside to walk the stairs. Fresh air will refresh your kids while they are moving their bodies. 

7. Stand Up.
Encourage kids to stand up whenever possible during the day. Allow kids the option to stand at their desks while reading or working on an assignment. 

8. Chores Challenge.
Help kids to find sneaky ways to move more doing their chores.  Make it fun! Suggest that they put some music on and dance around while they clean their room or even while they help wash the car. Suggest that every time they finish vacuuming a room they can do 5 high jumps, sit ups, or frog jumps.