JAN 20, 2019 12:15 PM PST

Appropriate Cardiovascular Exercise Modalities For Children

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

We know that exercise is a vital component of a healthy life. But how can we set up our children to be healthy, fit individuals as they grow? It can be difficult to know what exercises are appropriate for children, so it’s best to consult with a professional. Many personal trainers and group fitness instructors have additional training in working with youth. Also, many gyms, like the YMCA, have extensive youth programming to help keep kids fit and engaged.

If a gym environment just isn’t your thing, keeping kids healthy with activities like biking, swimming, or hiking can be fun family-friendly options. Youth sports is another option for children who enjoy competitive activities.  

In addition to being healthy for young hearts, involvement in exercise programs has been shown to improve mental performance in both youth and adults. Children in exercise programs also have healthier weights and lower rates of depression than their sedentary counterparts. These are just a few of the great reasons to join your children in their next fitness activity.

The above video from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital gives an example of what a cardio routine for children might include. 

 

 

Sources: Cincinnati Children's Hospital

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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