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Improving your child's or teen's fitness may boost his or her academic performance, self-concept, and mental health. Here are some helpful guidelines for improving your child's fitness.
Experts recommend that teens and children (starting at age 6) do moderate to vigorous activity at least 1 hour every day.1 And 3 or more days a week, what they choose to do should:
It's okay for them to be active in smaller blocks of time that add up to 1 hour or more each day.
Encourage your child to participate in various types of activities, including sports. You can join your child in some activities, such as vigorous walking, in-line skating, bicycling, tennis, dancing in the home, and exercising along with a TV program.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology|
|Last Revised||August 1, 2012|
Last Revised: August 1, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
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