Physical activity among American kids and teenagers is alarmingly low, according to a new study. More than half of teenagers, half of 6- to 11-year-old girls and 25 percent of 6- to 11-year-old boys don’t meet the World Health Organization’s recommendations for at least an hour of moderate to vigorous activity a day. And the average activity of 19-year-olds is similar to that of 60-year-olds! The researchers emphasize that all physical activity matters, not just the heart-pounding variety. In a study that pushed 8-10-year-olds to do 70 minutes of physical play a day, their grades and tests scores went up as their belly fat went down. So start brainstorming ways to increase activity of all kinds. Can your children walk or bike to school some days instead of driving or taking the bus? How about a family walk after dinner? Make weekend excursions for hiking mountains, biking, or walking around a city routine behavior.
“Aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day.” Centers for Disease control and Prevention