Making Healthier Kids


If you want your child to be healthier and more physically active, you may be in search of family fitness ideas. The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents engage in at least an hour of "moderate to vigorous physical activity every day." But few children get even half that amount of exercise daily.

You can improve your child's physical and mental health by understanding why physical activity is important, what types of activities your family can engage in, and how to better encourage children to take part in physical activity.

Why Physical Activity Matters

There are many benefits that physical activity can provide for kids, such as:

  • Improved sleep
  • Boost in mood and energy
  • Better concentration and focus
  • Bonding time with friends and family
  • Improved coordination, flexibility, and athletic performance

Recent studies have also suggested that physically active children tend to have a lower risk of developing depression and tend to perform better in school due to increased brain plasticity and improved self-esteem and motivation.

Engaging Family Fitness Ideas

You know physical activity is important, but what types of family fitness ideas might work for your child?

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