Kids and Cardio Fitness
Nearly 40 percent of America’s children are overweight. With fitness levels on the decline, how can you help your child get the cardiovascular workout he needs to stay fit and healthy?
The best strategy is interval training – light exercise, followed by a harder workout, followed by a lighter exercise, and so on. This method gives kids variety, holds their interest and keeps them motivated to continue.
Weight control is not the only benefit of cardio exercise. It also strengthens your child’s heart and lungs, builds stronger bones, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and even improves sleep habits.
For a fun and safe cardio workout, sign your child up for a fitness program or camp. Other good options: taking walks, participating in organized sports, jumping rope or playing video games such as Wii Fit that get you up and moving.