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Discovery Health answeredDr. Rick Kellerman offers a variety of daily exercises to help parents keep their children healthy and avoid obesity.
Kids between the ages of 4 and 6 can benefit from unstructured play and exploration under your watchful eye. Good activities for kids in this age include running, playing catch or swimming. Unstructured play outdoors or a walk through the neighborhood park are great ways to introduce younger children and toddlers to an active lifestyle.
Through age 9, children will start to acquire skills in certain sports or activities. Organized sports can be introduced, and should focus on fun.
Throughout the junior high years, kids will fine-tune their skills and may want to become active in competitive sports. Weight training under supervision can sometimes be started at this age.The frequency, intensity, length and mix of activities are important. Also, look for activities that help build healthy bones. These are the weight-bearing exercises like running and jumping.