Kids and Exercise!

The behaviors we learn when we are kids stay with us throughout our lives. This is why it is so important to instill healthy behaviors in our kids so they can grow into healthy adults. Part of this requires a lot of physical activity, at least one hour or more a day. Over half of that hour should involve aerobic activity, like running. About three days out of the week your child should also be including muscle building and bone strengthening activities, such and pushups and jump rope.

Just remember they’re still kids so wait till their bodies are more fully developed before they start weightlifting. Most of the exercise kids need can be achieved through the normal physical activities kids enjoy. (CDC has some helpful tips.) Sitting in front of the computer or TV doesn’t count!

Positive Tip: Get actively involved to get your kids physically active! It won’t hurt you either!