Doing certain types of exercise have been proven to help children build stronger muscles and bones. Developing a good physical foundation from a young age includes building healthy bone mass and density. This will help reduce the risk of developing bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis later on in life and in addition, could prevent heart complications.
According to recent data released by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) there are three types of physical activities that should be included each week for children and adolescents. The CDC also recommends that in order to try and build/maintain a healthy lifestyle, children and adolescents should complete 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on a daily basis. Some examples of exercises your child can incorporate into their daily routine are:
1. Aerobic Activity:
Should be implemented at least 3 days a week. Thirty to sixty minutes per day where your child is getting an increased heart rate, like the extended running included in basketball will help your child prevent risk factors for various health conditions like heart disease, childhood obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Activities such as: climbing, doing push-ups, and maintaining a solid defensive stance while guarding your opponent will help build your child's muscles and core strength.