Wouldn’t You Like to Know: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR YOUTH ALL YEAR LONG
By Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM and Emma Gist, B.S., ACSM EP-C
This column answers the questions: “What are the benefits of physical activity for youth during the school year? What are ways to encourage more physical activity, rather than less, during the summer months?”
No matter the time of year, regular physical activity is encouraged! As with adults, the benefits of physical activity for kids are numerous, including improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, improved bone health, improved cardiovascular and metabolic biomarkers, and favorable body composition. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 60 minutes per day of moderate or vigorous aerobic activity (3 days per week, vigorous activity should be included); muscle-strengthening activities and bone strengthening activities should be included within the 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 3 days per week.
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