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When adults think of exercise, it often involves gym workouts or running on a treadmill. However, for kids, exercise is synonymous with play and physical activity. Whether it's during gym class, recess, dance, soccer, biking, or playing tag, kids engage in exercise through various enjoyable activities. Exercise is equally important for kids as it is for adults and ensuring your kids exercise enough should be every parent's concern. To ensure kids remain fit and active, parents can encourage age-appropriate activities, establish a regular schedule for physical activity, integrate physical activity into daily life, adopt a healthy lifestyle as a role model, and engage in active family time. Making exercise enjoyable ensures kids will continue to embrace an active lifestyle. But how to find out the accurate time that should be invested in exercising for kids? Here are some points to help you while checking out your kid's regular physical activity.
Exercise offers a range of benefits for kids, including stronger muscles and bones, a leaner body, reduced risk of being overweight, lower chances of type 2 diabetes, improved blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, and an overall positive outlook on life. Additionally, regular exercise positively impacts sleep, enhances school performance, and mitigates the risk of developing depression.
Kids naturally exhibit the three elements of fitness during activities like running, climbing, and bending. These elements include endurance (evident during activities like running), strength (displayed through climbing and similar activities), and flexibility (exercised through bending, reaching, and stretching). Parents are encouraged to support a variety of activities to ensure the development of all three elements.