It may be summer vacation, but physical therapists say that doesn't mean children's fitness should be taking a break, according to the American Physical Therapy Association.
Children need between 30 and 60 minutes of moderate physical exercise each day. Physical therapists remind parents that sustained physical activity is important for a child to achieve cardiovascular fitness, as well as build bone mass and strength, an important factor to help prevent the effects of osteoporosis later in life. Other health benefits include weight management and prevention of type 2 diabetes, which studies have shown is on the rise in children who lead sedentary lives.
Because parents are role models, the group suggests that children and parents develop healthy exercise and good nutrition habits together.