In general, exercise guidelines recommend that kids should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Keeping up with these recommendations is not as simple as telling your kids to go outside and play for an hour, though.
To keep up with the physical activity recommendations, kids should do some age-appropriate:
moderate intensity aerobic physical activity
vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity
muscle-strengthening physical activity
bone-strengthening physical activity
While it might seem like it will be difficult to keep your kids active for an hour at a time, it is important to keep in mind that the recommendation for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day doesn't have to be done all at one time. So your child could meet his physical activity requirements if he were to walk or ride his bike to and from school (20 minutes), play actively at recess at school (20 minutes), and then go to a gymnastics class after school (20 minutes).
And although it is possible that your kids can be active on their own, getting them signed up for an individual or team sport is a great way to help them meet their daily physical activity requirements.
Parents can also help their kids be physically active by setting a good example and being active themselves, joining their kids in active family outings, and setting limits on screen time.
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