Tuesday, January 11, 2011

After Dinner Family Walks

Even if your kids play sports, they may not be getting the recommended daily hour of exercise. Organize after dinner family walks.

You might think your children are getting plenty of exercise because they’re on the cheerleading or football team. But according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, only one-quarter of kids who participate in organized sports achieve the recommended daily dose of exercise during team practice.

National guidelines advise children and teens to get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Physical inactivity is associated with an increased risk of obesity and chronic diseases among youth and adults. Research shows that active parents are more likely to raise active children.

Help get your kids moving by inviting them on a daily walk or bike ride instead of camping out in front of the TV. Not only will it encourage your kids to exercise, it will help get you fit too.

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