All About Exercise for Kids!

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    Kids exercise all the time without even knowing it. Running around outside or playing kickball at school, are two kinds of exercise. When you exercise, you are helping build a strong body that will be able to move around and do all the stuff you need to do.
     
    Exercise Makes Your Heart Happy
    Your heart is a muscle. It works hard, pumping blood through your body every day of your life. You can help this muscle get stronger by doing aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise gets your heart beating faster, and you breathing harder. When you do this on a regular basis, yours heart will get even better at doing its job!
     
    Examples of aerobic exercise are:
    • Swimming
    • Basketball
    • Jogging
    • Walking
    • Skating 
    • Soccer
    • Biking
    • Jumping Rope
    • Hopscotch
     
    Exercise Strengthens Muscles
    Some types of exercise make your muscles stronger. Push-ups, pull-ups, tug of war, running and skating are all exercises that can make your muscles stronger and eventually bigger!
     
    Exercise Keeps the Balance
    Food gives your body fuel in the form of calories, which are a kind of energy. Your body needs a certain amount of calories every day just to breathe, walk, and do basic stuff. But if you are active, your body needs extra calories for energy. If you are not very active, your body will not need as many calories, so you need to eat less. Whatever your calorie need is, if you eat enough to meet the need, your body weight will stay about the same. If you eat more calories than your body needs, it will be stored as excess. Excess fat can slow us down.
     
    Exercise Makes You Feel and Look Healthy
    If feels good to have a strong, flexible body that can do all the activities you enjoy like swimming and playing with your friends. It is also fun to be good at something like scoring a basket, hitting a home run, or winning a race.
     
    What fun activities do you like to do?
     

    Source: Kids Health
    Posted: April 2, 2014 by Pam Hight

    Tags: children, exercise, healthy living, kids

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