Kids and teens who get at least 60 minutes of activity a day reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and anxiety and increase their overall mood.
This may sound like a lot, but don’t worry! Your child may already be meeting guidelines. Encourage your child to participate in activities that are age-appropriate, enjoyable and offer variety! Have your child or teen doing three types of physical activity.
Aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate or rigorous aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, running or games that require a great deal of movement (for example basketball or handball). Be sure to include vigorous to intense aerobic activity at least three days per week.
Include muscle strengthening activities, such as tumbling or push-ups, at least three days per week as part of your child's 60 minutes or more of activity. Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope, skipping or hoping, at least three days per week.
In this fun and informative booklet, learn about how you and your kids can make fitness fun. Your kids’ energy will be challenged by recommendations for ways to exercise and enjoy themselves. When you tell them to “go out and play,” you’ll know that they are also improving their health and well-being.*
*Please note that as of December 10, 2012, the “Fitness is Fun” booklet shown in our “Kid Fit” PSA has been updated by the publisher and is now titled “Eat Right and Keep Active for Good Health." We hope the booklet is helpful for you and your family and trust that the updated title will provide even more useful information.