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Benefit of playing outside
Benefit of playing outside

Children and adolescents should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily.

With 1,440 minutes in a day, ensuring your child gets 60 minutes of moderate exercise is a very tangible goal. This excellent life skill is important to learn early and continue throughout their lives.

Regular physical activity for children and adolescents positively impacts:

  • Weight
  • Muscular strength 
  • Muscular strength 
  • Bone mass (through weight-bearing physical activities) 
  • Blood pressure (for hypertensive youth) 
  • Anxiety and stress 
  • Self-esteem

Children and adolescents who are just beginning to be physically active should start out slowly and gradually build to higher levels in order to prevent the risk of injury or feel defeated from unrealistic goals.

It is important to encourage your children to be physically active by doing things that interest them. This will help them establish an active lifestyle early on.