There are many reasons why you should make your child sweat. Here are three of the main reasons why developing children need to exercise and sweat.
1. Aerobic 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-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.
2. Muscle Strengthening
Include muscle-strengthening activities, such as martial arts moves or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.
3. Bone Strengthening
A great reason why you should make your child sweat is Include bone-strengthening activities, such as jumping rope, kicking, punching or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.
On a scale of 0 to 10, where sitting is a 0 and the highest level of activity is a 10, moderate-intensity activity is a 5 or 6.
When your children do moderate-intensity activity, their heart will beat faster than normal and they will breathe harder than normal.
Vigorous-intensity activity is a level 7 or 8. When your son or daughter does vigorous-intensity activity, their hearts will beat much faster than normal and they will breathe much harder than normal.
Another way to judge intensity is to think about the activity your child is doing and compare it to the average child.
What amount of intensity would the average child use?
For example, when your child walks to school with friends each morning, they are probably doing moderate-intensity aerobic activity. But while at school, when they runs or chases others by playing tag during recess, they are doing vigorous-intensity activity.
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