While back to school, if kids are returning to in-person classes, usually means the return of gym class and extracurricular sports, other youth fitness considerations should be taken into consideration to keep our kids happy and healthy, especially if they will be continuing with virtual schooling rather than in-person!
Why should children exercise?
- Better sleep
- Better mental clarity
- Stronger, leaner bodies
- Less risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol (yes, even kids need to worry about this!)
- Better mental and physical health overall
What types of exercise should children be doing?
- Endurance Exercises
- Sports like tennis, basketball, soccer
- Strength Exercises
- Weight lifting is not a good idea for children under a certain age based on their balance and motor skills
- Climbing activities
- Specific sports like wrestling
- Flexibility Exercises
How much exercise do children need?
Toddlers – at least 60 minutes per day
Pre-Schoolers & Early Elementary – at least 120 minutes per day
Older Children – at least 60 minutes per day
The key to physical activity for kids is prioritizing it, scheduling it into the day, and potentially making it a family activity! Avoid screen time and other sedentary activities for too long each day and focus on getting up and getting moving!
To learn more about fitness but for adults, please check out our previous blog post by clicking here!