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Exercise

Get your kid in action – the Importance of Exercise

A dreary day outside can put a damper on kids’ physical activity.  When kids are able to get outside they are away from distractions like the T.V., can work their large muscles more easily and work off energy to help them relax and sleep better. Though a rainy day does reduce the options for getting on the move, it by no means inhibits kids from getting their daily 1 hour requirement of exercise.

 

In addition exercise has also been shown to help in other ways as well.  Children who get the appropriate amount of daily exercise also enjoy the ability to sleep better as well as reduce stress levels.
Even given all the health benefits that come with exercise 50% of American adults still don’t get enough exercise.  Just like with our nutrition, the exercise habits we create when we’re young are usually carried over into our adult life.

So get your kid moving now to keep them healthy well into future.

 

Scary Stats

There are some disturbing trends that are forming among children and teens as far as the level of physical activity they’re getting.  Overall kids 2-19 aren’t getting nearly enough exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Below are some recent statistics on children and exercise.

  • As of 2006 less than one third of 15 years olds got the minimum amount of required physical activity during the week and on weekends it dropped to just 17%
  • On average kids spend 5 ½ hours a day on media driven sedentary activities
  • 3 hours of the 5 ½ is spent watching television
  • Teens spend an average of 6 hours a day on media driven sedentary activities
  • 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese
  • The likelihood of cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, and certain types of cancer in children is increased by obesity
  • Only 10% of schools offer daily physical education classes, and many of those don’t meet the time requirements of weekly exercise

How much physical activity does my child need?

Studies by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have revealed that the majority of children should be getting approximately 60 minutes of physical activity basically every day.  The activity itself isn’t as important as making sure it hits on the 3 criteria of healthy exercise: strength, endurance and flexibility.

 

You can use a calorie calculator to estimate about how many calories each type of physical activity burns.