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Health Bits- Facts About Physical Activity For Kids

Did you know that kids between the ages of 5 and 17 need at least 60 minutes a day of moderate and vigorous activity? More would even be better.  Engaging in regular physical activity is especially important for young children. It builds strength and develops healthy bodies.

Physical activity is movement using the arms and legs to help burn up the energy we get from food. Here are some different types of physical activity:

  • walking
  • running
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • family activities
  • games
  • sports

Physical activity helps kids 

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • have strong bones and muscles
  • improve flexibility
  • improving posture
  • have a healthy heart
  • prevents disease
  • helps you to relax

Extra Tips To Stay Fit And Healthy

  • Be physically active for 30 minutes five days of the week.
  • Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • keep a healthy body weight
  • Always include activities that strengthen muscles and bones. (example- jumping, running, climbing and lifting.)
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Disclaimer: I am not a physician, Dietician, Nurse or any Medical Professional. Always check with your child’s pediatrician before starting them on any diet, or exercise routine.  If your child has a disability or medical condition, or you have concerns about the amount and type of physical activity your child gets, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor.

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