Sometimes it feels like children have endless energy. They walk from school and still want to run around when they get home. But between organised sports and time to just play, how do you know if they’re getting too much exercise?
For most parents the concern is that many children aren’t getting exercise, with more children getting addicted to gadgets and turning into couch potatoes, more often kids do not have enough opportunities to be active.
Types of exercise
Just like us parents, children need different types of exercise to stay healthy and avoid getting hurt.
Most of kids’ 60 minutes a day should be activity that gets the heart pumping. Good ways to get it include walking to school, running around or playing sport. At least 3 days a week, children should do vigorous aerobic activity, meaning it makes them breathe more heavily than normal.
Three days a week, kids should work their muscles. At any age, they can do activities that use their body weight as resistance — like gymnastics, playing tug-of-war, or climbing rocks and trees.
This type of exercise includes jumping, skipping, and running will help strengthen their bones.
The amount and type of physical activity that’s right for your child depends on their age, interests, and how fit they are, but Children aged 6 and up should get at least one hour of physical activity per day, every day.