Moderate-Intensity Physical Activities for Kids and Adolescents
Keeping kids physically active is an important part of a child’s overall health. Most children naturally enjoy engaging in physical activities, but it can become difficult to maintain healthy activities when a child has a chronic health condition or illness. As a parent, understanding the types of physical activities for kids (and adolescents) and how they contribute to overall health and wellness will help you encourage your child in creating healthy habits at any age.
Kids who are physically active are more likely to have stronger muscles and bones, are less likely to become overweight, have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, have lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, and typically enjoy a better outlook on life.
Keep in mind that these activities are suggestions and that every child will have their own unique needs, and in some cases, you may need to consult your child’s healthcare practitioner before starting a new physical activity, sport or fitness routine especially if a child needs different accommodations.
Types of Physical Activities for Kids and Adolescents
According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, physical activities for kids and adolescents are focused on three types of activity:
- Aerobic activities,
- Muscle-strengthening activities, and
- Bone-strengthening activities.
The infographic below gives ideas on moderate-intensity physical activities for kids and adolescents that highlight these three areas of focus. Each has important health benefits for children and many activities can be performed at different levels of intensity. As you’ll see, certain activities can also be aerobic as well as muscle or bone strengthening.
Have tips for engaging kids in physical activities? We’d love to hear from you. Please share your experience with us in the comments.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
Ways to Help
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.