How much play time do kids need?


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Sixty minutes of physical activity each day is the recommended amount of play time for children and young adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Activities such as walking, running and playing basketball are a few ways for kids to decrease screen time and increase their physical activity intake. Encourage your child to participate in age appropriate activities for at least 60 minutes per day. Below are a few examples:

Aerobic exercises Aerobic exercises are very important in your child’s overall health and should take up the most of your child’s play time. Activities that increase your child’s heart rate such as walking or running are great ways to do this. These activities allow increased blood flow to get to the muscles and lungs. Children can add this type of exercise into their day by bicycling or playing basketball.

Muscle strengtheningMuscle strengthening activities include gymnastics, sit-ups and push- ups. If your child is enrolled in a physical education course at school, they may already be doing this. Just as aerobic exercise keeps your heart in good condition, regular strengthening exercises help keep your other muscles strong and healthy. Children and young adults should include these exercises at least three days per week.

Bone strengtheningBone strengthening activities such as running or jump roping should be included at least three days per week. These activities help to keep your child’s growing bones, healthy and strong.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Tale of the infantry soldier
Fear is an experience he’s always known,
Despite nerves of steel and a heart of stone.
He trudges along for miles unknown
Through dirt and grime … often...

Read more »

Best and worst states for military retirees
With May being Military Appreciation Month, and significant military pension changes having taken effect last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on...
Read more »
Image

John S. Burke Catholic High School students pen letters to veterans
Students enrolled in John S. Burke Catholic High School’s 10th- and 11th-grade English classes wrote letters to veterans of World War II and the Korean and Cold Wars. The...
Read more »
Image

Orange County Civil Service to hold career information sessions for Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Civil Service exam
The Orange County Department of Human Resources’ Civil Service Unit will be holding information sessions for individuals wishing to pursue a full-time career in law...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Where in clues
Where in Goshen?
  • May 23, 2019
Local News
Chester to hold Memorial Day service
  • May 23, 2019
Local News
A time to remember
  • May 23, 2019
Where in answers
Where in Chester?
  • May 23, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Chester, NY