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Family 2009

6 "Bests" About Kids' Exercise

two children running in the park

At least one hour of physical activity a day helps kids to:

  1. Feel less stressed
  2. Feel better about themselves
  3. Feel more ready to learn in school
  4. Keep a healthy weight
  5. Build sturdy muscles, bones, and joints
  6. Sleep better at night

More time in front of the TV means less time playing and running. So parents should limit TV, video game, and computer time. They should set a good example by being physically active themselves. Exercising together can be fun for everyone. Some easy ways for kids to stay active include walking or biking to school, jumping rope, going to the playground, and participating in organized sports programs.

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Winter 2009 Issue: Volume 4 Number 1 Page 6