Encouraging Your Kids to Be Active
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle and must begin in infancy and extend throughout adulthood. Regular physical activity increases lean body mass, muscle, and bone strength and promotes good physical health. It fosters psychological well-being, can increase self esteem and capacity for learning, and can help children and adolescents handle stress. Families should emphasize physical activity early in a child’s life because, as children mature, modern culture provides many temptations to adopt a sedentary lifestyle.