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    • Aerobic Exercises for Kids

      Aerobic exercise is important for kids. It helps keep their heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. It can also help them keep or get to a healthy weight.

    • Exercise and Adolescents

      Teens need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days for good health and fitness and for healthy weight during growth.

    • Exercise Goals for Kids

      How much activity should your child get? What kinds of activity are important? Find out here.

    • Find Safe, Fun Ways to Keep Young Kids Active

      Kids need to move to build cognitive and motor skills and to learn that physical activity is fun.

    • Get Your Kids to Log Off

      Rising "screen time" can cost kids the exercise they need to keep fit.

    • Help Girls Stay Active as Teens

      The teen years often bring a sharp drop in physical activity, especially for girls.

    • Helping Your Child Choose a Sport

      Before you look into a sports program, make sure your child is ready. A child’s readiness can depend on a number of factors.

    • How to Get Your Kids in Shape

      Experts recommend children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days to maintain good health and fitness and for healthy weight during growth.

    • In Gymnastics, Kids Flip for Fitness

      The sport helps build strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Its all-around fitness benefits make it a good springboard to other activities.

    • Make Exercise a Family Affair

      Like adults, children should be physically active most, if not all, days of the week.

    • Making Family Fitness Fun

      Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.

    • Sports and Children with Special Needs

      Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise, because their parents or guardians fear they'll be injured. But physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child.

    • Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids

      Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.

    • Strengthening Exercises for Kids

      . Stronger muscles can help prevent injury or make it easier to recover from injury. They can help a person keep a good level of body fat. Activities that build bone are especially important for children.

    • Teach Teens to Stretch

      An adolescent athlete can never stretch too much, experts say. Stretching to stay flexible is vital -- particularly when a child reaches puberty and goes through a growth spurt.

    • Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids

      The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.

    • Weight Training for Teens

      Once children hit puberty, and hormones make it possible to build muscle, weight training can become a part of a healthy exercise program for youths. Research suggests strength training has a lot to offer some teenagers in terms of health, fitness and fun.