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Get Your Kids Active

Aug 17, 2007
It is recommended that children and teenagers participate in at least an hours worth of physical activity every day of the week.
This can be almost any type of physical activity. Some fun ideas include playing tag, a brisk walk with the dog, jumping rope, swimming, or biking.

The important thing is to encourage your child to do fun activities. This way, they can get some great excercise while doing what they love. That's why sports are so wonderful. Kids can stay fit and healthy while having a great time and making close friendships. There's nothing like being on a team to create a special comaraderie.

These activities have numerous beneficial effects on your child's health. They include:

- a healthy weight
- muscular strength
- cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness
- bone mass ( This is gained through weight-bearing physical activities)
- healthy blood pressure
- higher self-esteem
- less anxiety and stress

A healthy and active lifestyle gives your child a positive outlook on life. Many studies have even shown that kids who are active do better in school.

As a parent, we hold very important roles in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The most important of these is to be healthy and active ourselves. It is crucial that we set a positive example because children learn by what we do and not by what we say. Staying healthy can also be a great way to spend time with one another. You can designate time for family walks or playing active games together.

You could also take a healthy picnic lunch to the park. This way, you teach your child healthy eating habits and can also take a walk at the park after you have finished.

Take an interest in whatever sports your child becomes involved in. Root for them at all of their games. Tell them how proud you are of them.

Remember, you're never too old to play, run, and dance with your children. They will never forget it.
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