Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity, moving, and trying new ways to be active is important for your wellbeing. You don’t have to be good at sports – there are heaps of ways for everyone to be active and have fun.
Exercise helps you:
Have a healthy weight
Get stronger muscles and joints
Develop and maintain a healthy heart and lungs
Improve your sleep
Be more relaxed and less stressed
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Walking school bus
Take a walking school bus to school! Meet up with your friends and travel together. An easy way to meet this challenge every day.
Make & fly a kite
Tick off two challenges at once! Make a kite and fly it to square off your stretch your mind challenge AND your physical activity challenge!
Swimming, cycling, kapa haka, touch rugby, and kilikiti will raise their heart rate and get oxygen pumping round their bodies.
Skipping, jumping, and using climbing or park equipment will build muscle and bone strength.
Bending and stretching will keep them flexible.
Physical activity is any movement of the body that uses energy.
Aim for lots of moderate and some vigorous activities
Look for ways to encourage activity
Encourage children and young people to look for opportunities to move throughout their day,
eg, walking or biking to school, taking the stairs not the escalator. Encourage them to try new activities or sports and to discover which ones they most enjoy. Support these interests. Give feedback and praise.
Movement is important from birth – helping young children to be active will help their learning and development. Encourage play that helps build fundamental skills such as running, jumping and skipping, balance, landing and turning, and throwing and catching.