Activities and Exercise
Exercise and Teenagers
Teens need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days for good health and fitness and for healthy weight during growth.
Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries
It may not always be possible to avoid injury when playing sports, especially physical contact sports, but participants can help protect themselves. Properly preparing before and after a game or practice session by warming up muscles and then stretching can help.
Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids
Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.
Sports and Children with Special Needs
Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise, because their parents or guardians fear they'll be injured. But physical activity is as important for special needs children as it is for any child.
Making Family Fitness Fun
Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.
Asthma and Physical Activity
When you have asthma, exercise can make you breathe faster. This may cause asthma symptoms or an asthma attack.