Regular physical activity is essential for weight maintenance and prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosis. While most school age children are quite active, physical activity sharply declines during adolescence. Children who are raised in families with active lifestyles are more likely to stay active as adults than children raised in families with sedentary lifestyles.
Be physically active at least 1 hour every day.
- Take gradual steps to increase physical activity levels.
- Do short amounts of activity several times a day until they add up to 60 or more minutes each day.
- Try a video game that helps burn calories like Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Fit, Dance Central or Kinect. It's all about movement and fun!