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Is an hour a day of exercise enough for children?

Physical activity in children and adolescents improves strength and endurance, builds healthy bones and lean muscles, develops motor skills and coordination, reduces fat, and promotes emotional well-being. Activities should be fun and appropriate for a child's age, and they should offer variety. The daily recommendation for exercise for children is at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity.  More than that is great as long as it is done safely and your child is continuing to enjoy what he’s doing. The 60 minutes does not need to be done all at once. Physical activity can be broken down into shorter blocks of time. For example, 20 minutes walking to and from school, 10 minutes jumping rope, and 30 minutes at the playground add up to 60 minutes of exercise. If your child is not active now, it's not too late to start. You can start where you are and build up from there.
 
This answer was created with the help of physicians at South Riding Pediatrics (www.SouthRidingPediatrics.com) and www.HealthyChildren.org
Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
An hour a day of exercise for children is not enough, says Robin Miller, MD. In this video she shares the kind of exercise kids need to maintain a healthy heart.

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