Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
A new infographic published this spring in the HuffPost Blog serves as a good reminder of why it’s so important for children and teens to be physically active this summer! UK Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, recommends in the report “that children and young people should undertake at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day – and this should include activity that uses resistance to strengthen muscles and bone, for example hopping and skipping or gymnastics.”
Why Be Physically Active?
Exercise has more benefits than we can account for. It’s known to…
- Strengthen muscles and bones
- Help maintain a healthy weight
- Develop coordination
- Improve sleep
- Improve concentration and learning
- Improve health and fitness
- Build confidence and social skills
- Make you feel good!
Tips for Kids & Teens to Become Physically Active
Aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. “Physical activity” should make you breathe faster and feel warmer. It’s okay to spread this activity throughout the day. Being physically active should be fun, not a chore!
- Play, Run/walk, Swim, Skate, Bike, Play sports, Skip, Climb, Workout, Dance…
There’s no shortage of ways to get active and have fun while doing so!
Encourage your children to take up hobbies and activities that promote physical activity. Getting muscle-building, cardiovascular activity on a regular basis isn’t just good for the body. It’s also good for the mind, producing social benefits, developing relational skills, and much more. Of course, you’ll want to be sure your kids stay safe while exercising this summer! Check out Tips for Preventing Kids’ Foot/Ankle Sports Injuries, a post on the Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Blog from earlier this spring.
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Schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics online or by calling (713) 756-5546.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.