Getting Active and Staying Active!

For kids to be healthy, both now and in the future, they need to develop good exercise habits and get involved in physical activities.

Why Is it Important for Kids to Be Active?

For kids to be healthy, both now and in the future, they need to develop good exercise habits and get involved in physical activities. Today, the Centers for Disease Control says that one out of three kids is either overweight or obese.1 That compares to only one out of 20 kids between 1976 and 1980.2 To reverse this trend, parents are finding ways to get—and keep—themselves and their kids active.
By encouraging physical activity and being supportive of your children’s activities and fitness, you can help them grow into adults that are physically fit and healthy. And by working to set a good example, you can improve your own fitness as well. Supporting and empowering kids to find physical activities that interest them and get them moving is good for more than just keeping them active—it lays the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle throughout the rest of their lives. Common Questions and Concerns About Sports and Fitness >

Did You Know?

  • Only 35 percent of kids meet the recommended physical activity levels by increasing their heart rate and breathing hard for at least 60 minutes a day on five out of every seven days.3

  • Fifty-four percent of kids say it’s “quite” or “very much” like them to take good care of their body by exercising regularly and eating healthy.4

  • Almost 40 percent of kids say they spend three or more hours a week playing on or helping with a sports team.6 Guys are more likely to do this than girls.7

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2007,” Surveillance Summaries, MMWR 57, no. SS-4 (2008).

2. National Center for Health Statistics, Health United States, 2003 with Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans (National Center for Health Statistics, 2003): table 69.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.

4. Ibid., 26.

5. Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth, 2003 weighted aggregate dataset, unpublished report (Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute, 2005).

6. Ibid., Appendix A-8.

7. Ibid.



To avoid that issue we let them play and make some physical activities to maintain there healthy body and to avoid from obesity.

JY @ Healthy Living

Yes, we should teach our children a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Eating healthy and exercise are very important. They not only benefit their health but also attribute to the person they become: they'll gain confidence, more energy and they'll be happier overall. It also helps with stress, that's something a lot of kids would benefit from. As a personal trainer in Los Angeles I really would like to see more kids get active and healthy.

The best way to teach your child fitness is by example. This is the way that we teach them everything else in life, why would fitness be different?

An easy way to do this is to workout at home.

Family fitness can include jumping jacks, push ups, toe touches, or any other routine exercises that you can come up with.

Children can also join in when lifting free weights. It’s not advisable to actually give them weights, but a half-filled water bottle will do the trick for the very young. A small 2-lb dumbbell for older children should be plenty of weight to keep their muscles toned.

Be sure to learn and share proper technique for any exercises. Improper body position can cause needless pain or even injury.

One huge tip that I can give for you is to find common activities that you can enjoy with your child. Maybe hiking or throwing the ball around, biking, rollerblading, sports. Anything that you can do to get them excited about exercise and it is a bonus because it will keep you as a parent active as well!

William from yacon syrup reviews


Awesome blog! It’s a good thing that we keep our children active at a very young age. It’ll help them be healthy and fit in the future. You can do a couple of exercise like jogging or biking, I think children will enjoy that too.

I’m Craig from Team Bootcamp. Two thumbs up for this article!

I think many kids develop by example, especially when it comes to food. My wife and I have always enjoyed good healthy food so we do not usually have a fridge full of junk. When it comes to exercise our 9 year old plays on his play station for an hour then kicks a ball around the garden for 2. Jim from How to build muscle

I was shocked to read that only 35% of our children are meeting daily fitness requirements, but thinking about it now it’s not so shocking. It does seem with the growth of video games, the internet, etc. kids are playing outside and just being active in general far less these days. Definitely need to get them started young!

Anyone who's seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.

One of the best choice is to make them interested to some physical sports like basketball, soccer, baseball, etc. This way they will surely be happy and physically fit at the same time.

Julia from

It all begins with the parents. If mom and dad are couch potatos, chances are the kids will end up following the leaders. Parents have to lead by example if they want their kids to grow into healty adults. This is Brian from

Wonderful Publish! – I appreciate you making such great details.

Post new comment