1.15.18: How Much Exercise Do Kids Need?
According to experts at the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, kids between the ages of 6 and 17 should get a minimum of 1 hour of physical activity every day.
This 60 minutes can be a mix the following types of exercise:
- Aerobic: Most of kids’ physical activity should be the heart-pumping, vigorous type like running and jumping rope.
- Muscle-Strengthening: As a part of their daily activity, kids should build muscle strength with activities like calisthenics and weight training.
- Bone-Strengthening: To round out their activity, children should practice balance, turning, stretching and jumping movements.
This 60-minute a day minimum can be met in multiple short bursts of activity spread throughout the day.
Flashfit is an easy, fun-to-use app provides aerobic and strength-building exercises in one-minute bursts. Your school can build teams and groups, compete and gamify to increase engagement and reward participation. No special equipment needed – students can move their bodies anywhere. And, Flashfit is offering $100 grants and special support to schools deploying the program. Applications are due February 28, 2018. Find more details and apply here: http://dev-flashfit.pantheonsite.io/grants/
Sources: Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization