Physical activity in children and adolescents improves strength and endurance, builds healthy bones and lean muscles, develops motor skills and coordination, reduces fat and promotes emotional well-being (reduces feelings of depression and anxiety). Research has shown that instilling good childhood exercise habits has a protective effect on health in later years.
White Plains Hospital believes that an active life goes hand-in-hand with overall wellbeing, and encourages all parents and caregivers to be role models in fitness for their children. Be sure to encourage a variety of activities that are age-appropriate and fun. Exercise with your child to improve your own health while modeling the development of sound fitness habits. Your child is more likely to be physically active now and throughout their entire lives if you make physical activity a family priority.
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