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The Benefits Of Exercise For Children

Michelle Mirizzi • MS, Registered Dietitian • Jul 15, 2012

Why is physical activity important for my child?

Children are less physically fit than they were a generation ago.

Inactive children, when compared to active children, weigh more and have higher blood pressure. Most importantly, inactive children are more likely to become inactive adults.

It is recommended your child be active at least 60 minutes a day.  That can be done all at once or in shorter periods.  When it comes to physical activity, every little bit counts!  


Reasons To Keep Your Child Active

There are many benefits to keeping your child active.   children playing
  • Regular physical activity helps control weight gain and improves your child’s self-esteem.
  • It can increase your child’s life expectancy
  • Being active also helps kids sleep better, stay alert during the day, and reduces anxiety and stress.
  • It builds a stronger immune system
  • It can reduce the risk of some cancers and diabetes
  • Helps lower cholesterol levels
  • Great for exercising the heart and lungs and preventing cardiovascular disease
  • Helps build stronger dense bones.
  • It strengthens your child’s muscles and improves coordination
  • It improves your child’s physical skills like jumping, throwing, kicking and catching










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Written by Michelle MirizziWritten on Jul 15, 2012Last updated on Sep 02, 2013


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