Kids can choose any type of moderate or higher intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, playing tag, jumping rope, or swimming, as long as it adds up to at least one hour a day. Work with your child’s school to ensure the activity is age appropriate and, to ensure safety, provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads, and knee pads to prevent sports injuries.
For children and adolescents, regular physical activity has beneficial effects on the following aspects of health:
- Muscular strength
- Bone mass
- Anxiety and stress
Note: It is recommended that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week.