Shake Out the Sillies with Let’s Move Pittsburgh
Moving our bodies is a great way to release energy and keep us focused on accomplishing the tasks on our to-do list. The CDC recommends that children move for one hour each day by finding activities that are enjoyable and appropriate for their age. Though summer in Pittsburgh may look different this year, Pop-ups introduce a few ways to get moving with your kids.
Pop-ups are quick 5-minute activity breaks for you to do with your children. By creating moments to move our bodies, we can help give time to center our minds on the next task.
Animals Game: Start off by setting the scene and pretend you are outdoors on a walk in your neighborhood or favorite Pittsburgh Park.
Feel free to try out this physical activity break and follow along for more. You can repeat these to increase your total active time to an hour, or use it as a starting place before you go on a walk.
Look out for more Pop-Up activities from Let’s Move Pittsburgh Intern, Christina!
Christina Hayduchok is a master’s student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Exercise Physiology with a focus in Health Promotion and Programming and will be graduating at the end of Summer 2020. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with her B.S. in Rehabilitation Science. Through her years at the University of Pittsburgh she was on the executive board for Community Outreach with the Pitt Food Pantry who is dedicated to ensuring that all students have regular access to a balanced and nutritious diet by hosting regular shopping hours to obtain food and services. As a graduate student assistant, Christina taught fitness classes for faculty, staff, and community members. She is a certified cycling instructor and enjoys teaching total body training classes and HIIT Bootcamp classes. In addition, she worked in clinical research at the Magee Womens Research Institute on the Heart Health 4 New Moms study, which has a focus on maternal health postpartum. Christina is passionate about supporting others to find the tools they need to be healthy and well and is excited to join the Let’s Move Pittsburgh team for the summer.
Reference: US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2018.