How much physical activity do your kids need a daily basis? Yes, it’s a tricky question with an answer which highlights the need of ensuring the time kids spend in some form of appropriate physical activity.
According to recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.K. National Health Service, children and adolescents should spend at least an hour a day in physical activity.
The important questions are which types of physical exercise kids should do? What are study efforts underway to better understand health on a molecular level? or, how to attract young people towards exercise?
The CDC and the NHS suggest children should add exercises in there at least three days of a week for muscle strengthening, like climbing, playing on monkey bars, gymnastics, as well as an activity for bone strengthening, like jumping rope, running, or jumping.
Physical exercise is associated with various beneficial health results such as muscular fitness, mental health, maintenance of healthy weight status, cardiorespiratory fitness, and bone health, suggests Craig Williams, pediatric physiology’s professor and director of the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre at the University of Exeter in England.
“For younger kids, taking them outdoors with friends can be a cheap way to encourage play, especially if it gets them away from more sedentary activities such as computer games,” Williams said.
You can make your walk have a scavenger hunt. You can do funny obstacle courses, you can do hopping, walking backwards, tell funny jokes as you’re walking, anything like that will help make the activity more fun and keep your kid involved in it.”