Adventure to fitness: Keeping school kids active

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KIDS AND EXERCISE: To reap the most benefits from exercise, it is recommended that children between the ages of six and 17 have at least one hour of moderate exercise a day. This physical activity can be activities as simple as riding a bike or playing tag with friends. Doing bone-strengthening activities like jumping rope or running is especially important for kids, because they gain the largest amount of bone mass in the years before puberty. Overall, children receiving enough physical activity have stronger bones and muscles; higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness, and lower body fatness. Daily physical activity also sets up children to be healthier adults with a reduced risk for health problems like type-2 diabetes. (Source: www.health.gov)

 

RECESS: Exercise is especially important for children’s health and can improve their time spent at school. A study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that if children have as little as 15 minutes of recess a day they will actually behave better while in class. Physical activity for even a small amount of time during the day allows children to take a break from their lessons to rest and re-energize their brains. Furthermore, 42% of kids in the United States receive most of their daily exercise during recess according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study. Unfortunately, many schools, an estimated 40%, have cut their recess programs due to either lack of funding, time, or supervision. (Source: www.cnn.com)

 

EXERCISE RESOURCES: Common activities for children have changed in the past few decades from playing outside or riding bikes to spending most of their free time in front of the television or computer screen. One way parents can fight off this sedentary lifestyle is through exercise videos like Adventure to Fitness. Websites like Nick Jr., offers new games for kids to try at home and it even has printable game equipment. There are many steps that can be taken to ensure your child’s health; and even simple encouragement to spend time outside can go a long way. (Source: www.livestrong.com)


* For More Information, Contact:

 

            Elisa Hinojosa

            Vice President, School Relations

            Adventure to Fitness

            Elisa.hinojosa@Adventuretofitness.com

            (888) 406-7779          

 

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