Youth need physical activity to build strength, coordination, and confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. We are hoping these classes help them gain more control over how active they are as they mature into adults and develop a love for fitness activities.
School-age kids should have many chances to do a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit their personality, ability, age, and interests. Most kids don't mind a daily dose of fitness as long as it's fun.
Physical activity guidelines for school-age kids recommend that they get 1 hour or more of moderate to strong physical activity daily.
Most of the physical activity should be aerobic, where kids use large muscles and continue for a period of time. Examples of aerobic activity are running, swimming, and dancing.
School-age kids usually have brief bouts of moderate to strong physical activity alternating with light activity or rest throughout the day. Any moderate to strong activity counts toward the 60-minute goal.
Muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening physical activity should be included at least 3 days a week.
Children naturally build strong muscles and bones when they run, jump, and play. Formal weight programs aren't needed, but are safe when properly designed and supervised.