Physical activity is good for children’s bodies. It promotes growth and development and should be encouraged throughout the day for younger children (ages 3 to 5). At least 60 minutes of activity a day helps older children and adolescents grow strong bones and muscles, build endurance and maintain a healthy weight. There’s mounting evidence that moderate to vigorous physical activity also helps boost children’s critical thinking skills, grade point averages and standardized test scores.
Plan time in your schedule for your children to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, which can accumulate with shorter chunks throughout the day. Remember to praise, reward and encourage your kids’ physical activity.