Why is exercise or physical activity important for my child?
Just like in adults, increased physical activity has been associated with an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits.
Fifty-percent of 5-8 year old children show at least one heart risk disease risk factor (high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity). First signs of atherosclerosis are appearing at about age 5 and the number of overweight children has doubled in the past 10 years.
All children age 2 and older should:
Participate in at least 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities every day that are developmentally appropriate and varied.
If your child or children don't have a full 60-minute activity break each day, try to provide at least two 30- minute periods or four 15-minute periods in which they can engage in vigorous activities appropriate to their age, gender and stage of physical and emotional development.
What is moderate-intensity exercise? There is a moderate rise in breathing and heart rate. You can talk but not sing during the activity and you should be perspiring.
Benefits of being physically active:
Stronger bones and muscles
Less likely to become overweight
Decrease risk of type 2 Diabetes
Decrease risk of hypertension
Better sleep habits
Increases self esteem
Promotes positive social interaction
Physically fit children are more likely to engage in physical activities that promote camaraderie, self-confidence and instill lasting lifestyle habits that promote long term good health.
Our goal at The Wellness Campus is to provide programs that make exercising FUN!
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