Is My Child Active Enough?
Physical activity is anything that gets you moving and raises your heart rate. Exercise is any planned physical activity with thepurpose of gaining health benefits. As adults we usually plan our physical activity to stay healthy – but our kids usually get it in the form of play. Unfortunately, more and more schools are cutting down on the amount of time kids are allowed to play before, during, or after school. So, what does this mean for the parents out there who want to make sure their child is moving around enough during the day? You have probably wondered at some point: How much exercise is enough for my child so that they are healthy? Don’t worry! Here are a few guidelines to help you out!
The American Heart Association recommends that children ages 2 and up get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. This physical activity can even be split up into 15 or 30 minute increments throughout the day. No need to be caught up with the intensity of activity because brisk walking is considered moderate activity and running is enough to be considered vigorous.
The key to raising a healthy child is being able to establish these healthy physical activity habits early. Studies indicate that inactive children grow up to be inactive adults. Parents can help by being role models for their children by being active themselves. Make physical activity fun to increase participation – it can be anything your imagination can come up with!
Benefits of Being an Active Kid
- Promotes health & fitness into adulthood.
- Strong cardiovascular (heart) system.
- Strong muscles.
- Strong bones.
- Lower body fat%.
- Reduced risk of developing chronic disease (i.e. diabetes or hypertension).
- Nature hike (collect different types of leaves or identify wildlife)
- Family relay
- Around the World (basketball)
- Boogie Boarding
- 2nd Recess!
“The AHA’s Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children.” The AHA’s Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children. 22 Mar. 2013. Web. 8 Sept. 2014.
“American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults.” American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. 22 Mar. 2013. Web. 8 Sept. 2014.