During the summer break, children are parked in front of the television or computer more than ever, but inactivity at any age can result in developing chronic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Inactivity can lead to lifelong habits, so here’s how active your kids need to be.
How Active School-age children need to participate in 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Exercise should be appropriate for their age and level of development as well as enjoyable and safe.
How Inactive Children should spend less than two hours per day doing sedentary non-academic activities, such as watching television and playing video or computer games.
Better in School An ACSM research study found that kids that engage in vigorous activity for 20 minutes, at least 3 days a week, did better in school than kids that participated in moderate activity (3-6 METs) for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
Per the study, children are better able to concentrate, and even exhibit fewer behavioral problems, when they participate in higher intensity exercise. Vigorous exercise (> 6 METs) includes physical activities like: Continue reading