School-Aged Kids and Physical Activity

As far as I can remember, I was a lot more physically active when I was a kid than the youngsters of today are. These days most children do not get enough physical activity. With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important that parents get their kids to be more physically active.

Does your child run, play, and move for at least 60 minutes a day? For school-aged kids, physical activities are (and should be) fun, but they’re also important. Kids this age need that daily hour of moderate to vigorous activity to stay fit and healthy. The time should be divided among aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities.

Short bursts of 10 or 15 minutes count toward this daily tally, so make sure your child has lots of opportunities for physical activities before, during, and after school.

Physical Activities at School

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Academics are important, but so is finding time for fitness. When kids have the chance to run and play before school and at recess, they focus more and fidget less during class. Brain breaks also help. Physical education (PE) provides another opportunity to move during the school day. It also exposes kids to new sports and games and introduces important health habits.

But not every child gets enough recess and PE time:

  • Just five states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Oregon) plus the District of Columbia require the 150-minute weekly PE total in elementary schools.
  • Only eight U.S. states require elementary schools to provide recess every day.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators, among other groups, recommends at least 150 minutes of PE a week for elementary schoolers—that means an average of 30 minutes a day. The association also urges schools to schedule at least one 20-minute recess period every day.

Read more: https://www.verywell.com/fitness-and-physical-activities-for-school-aged-kids-1257209