Keeping children healthy

PUBLISHED: 17:43 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

ALTHOUGH we often view exercise as running on a treadmill, for children it means playing and being physically active. Youngsters exercise when riding bikes, kicking a ball around or playing tag. Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Active children

ALTHOUGH we often view exercise as running on a treadmill, for children it means playing and being physically active.

Youngsters exercise when riding bikes, kicking a ball around or playing tag.

Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Active children will:

* Be less likely to become overweight.

* Have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

* Be less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

* Have stonger bones and muscles.

* Have a better outlook on life.

In addition to the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle the challenges that a typical day presents.

One of the best ways to get them to be more active is to limit the amount of time spent in sedentary activities, especially watching TV or playing video games - no more than one to two hours a day for those over two.

Children over the age of two should get a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day as well as encouraging a healthy eating regime.

For details on how to keep your family healthy visit www.lucid-fitness.com or call on 07828 704016.

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