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How much exercise do kids need?

Published On: Jul 22 2013 03:09:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 09:04:37 AM CDT
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With childhood obesity rates rising, we know children need to get regular exercise, but how much exercise should they be getting?

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

 

The hour of exercise can be split between various types of exercise each day.

 

The CDC says the majority of a child’s daily exercise should be in the form of aerobic activity. This can be accomplished by running, walking, hiking, biking, jump roping or even while playing sports such as soccer, basketball, tennis, hockey and swimming.

 

Muscle-strengthening exercises should also be performed regularly. The CDC recommends children participate in muscle-strengthening exercises about three days a week. These exercises can include push-ups, sit-ups, or even sports such as gymnastics, according to the CDC.

 

The CDC also recommends that children perform bone-strengthening exercises about three times a week. These can include running and jumping rope, the CDC says.

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