Establishing an Exercise and Activity Plan
Making daily exercise is a good way to spend time with family and friends and build heart-healthy habits.
- Every day, children should do at least 60 minutes of exercise that is age-appropriate, fun and involves a variety of activities.
- Choose activities that are aerobic and make bones and muscles stronger.
- Daily exercise doesn’t need to be done all at once. Your child can exercise 5-10 minutes at a time, throughout the day, to add up to 60 minutes.
Improves heart health and fitness
Promotes bone growth and strength
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Aerobic exercise is continuous movement that makes your breathing and heart beat get faster. Daily aerobic exercise improves fitness and helps prevent heart disease. Some exercise should be vigorous, where your child plays hard enough to get sweaty or out of breath.
Daily exercise is part of being healthy. However, some children can exercise too much. If your child begins losing too much weight or if exercise interferes with school and other activities, talk with your child's doctor.
Benefits of Regular Exercise and Activity
The following are the benefits of regular exercise:
- Improves blood flow
- Helps with healthy weight
- Improves cholesterol
- Prevents and lowers high blood pressure
- Improves energy
- Improves sleep
- Releases tension
- Improves self-image
- Helps manage stress
- Helps lower anxiety and depression
- Increases enthusiasm and optimism
- Builds strong muscles and bones