Children should have many chances to play, run, bike, and play sports during the day. They should get 60 minutes of moderate activity every day.
Moderate activity makes your breathing and heartbeats speed up. Some examples are:
Younger children cannot stick with the same activity as long as an older child. They may be active for only 10 - 15 minutes at a time. The goal is still to get 60 minutes of activity every day.
Children who exercise:
Other benefits of exercise for children are:
Some kids enjoy being outside and active. Others would rather stay inside and play video games or watch TV. If your child does not like sports or physical activity, look for ways to motivate him. These ideas may help children become more active.
Organized sports and daily activities are good ways for your child to get exercise. You will have better success if you select activities that fit your child's preferences and abilities.
Daily activities can use as much, or more, energy than some organized sports. Some everyday things your child can do to be active include:
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pe diatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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