Children Need Physical Activity To Lay Groundwork For Healthy Lifestyle


UPDATED: Wednesday July 31, 2013 3:09 PM

Keeping Kids Fit – Ages 6-12

According to the National Association of Sports and Physical Education and KidsHealth.org, children ages 6-12 need physical activity to build strength, coordination, confidence, and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. They're also gaining more control over how active they are.
School-age kids should have many opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit for their personality, ability, age, and interests. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel right. Most kids won't mind a daily dose of fitness as long as it's fun.
The National Association for Sports and Physical Education recommends that school-age kids:
•    get 1 hour or more of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days
•    participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day
•    avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more

You can help show your kids that exercise is important by regularly exercising yourself. Through physical activities, kids learn about sportsmanship, setting goals, meeting challenges, teamwork, and the value of practice. To read more, visit http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/staying_fit/fitness_6_12.html#

-- From the YMCA