Being physically active is important for protecting the heart. It helps manage your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight. Even taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference.
If your child is physically inactive, the first thing you can do is limit the amount of time spent watching TV, playing video games, or surfing the Internet. Look into organized sports, lessons, or clubs that suit your child’s interests. Exercise is important for all children, even those who do not like sports, have little coordination, or have a disability. By focusing on active “play” instead of exercise, children will most likely change their exercise behaviour and increase their physical activity on their own.