The importance of keeping ourselves physically active can’t be undermined and many adults do exercise to keep themselves healthy and fit. However, when it comes to children, we overlook the role exercise plays for their health and wellbeing.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, children aged six and older need at least an hour a day of physical activity.
The exercise should include either moderate or vigorous aerobic activity with time devoted to strong activity should be at least three days a week. Besides, the children should also do muscle and bone strengthening at least thrice in seven days.
To enhance the growth and development of children, the department also recommended that children between three to five be physically active throughout the day.
Parents should keep a tab on their kids’ physical activities and motivate them to participate in active play that includes a variety of activities.
Exercise offers a host of benefits including improved aerobic fitness, muscle strength, and endurance for six to 17 year old kids.
Another study presented at ‘American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 National Conference & Exhibition’ last year, found that more than half of the United States children are not getting the recommended amount of weekly physical activity. And most of those who do meet the recommendations are exercising longer and for fewer days, risking burnout or repetitive injury risk.