Physical activity is anything that moves your body and burns calories. This includes things like walking, climbing stairs and stretching.
Aerobic (or “cardio”) activity gets your heart rate up and benefits your heart by improving cardiorespiratory fitness. When done at moderate intensity, your heart will beat faster and you’ll breathe harder than normal, but you’ll still be able to talk. Think of it as a medium or moderate amount of effort.
Some Examples of Aerobic Exercise for Kids Include:
- Children 3-5 years old should be physically active and have plenty of opportunities to move throughout the day.
- Kids 6-17 years old should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, mostly aerobic.
- Include vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days per week.
- Include muscle-and bone-strengthening (weight-bearing) activities on at least 3 days per week.
- Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.
Benefits for the Body
Aerobic exercise benefits the body in many different ways. These include:
Preventing heart disease. Aerobic exercise is essential for keeping the heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. Regular aerobic exercise can strengthen the cardiovascular system, help prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of death from this condition.
The Health Guardian should include aerobic exercise, good nutrition, cardiovascular system infusions, sleep, and relaxation methods while cooperating with the rest of your primary care team members.