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We hear all the time that exercise is good for people of all ages. But most kids exercise a lot without even thinking about it. Just being active, like running around outside or playing a game at school is exercise.

These days, though, there are a lot of distractions from being active. Whether it’s schoolwork, video games, or time spent on the computer or phone, we should remember that kids of all ages need some movement time!

Why is exercise so important? Exercise helps build a strong body that will be able to perform the way you want and need it to.

4 Important Benefits of Exercise

Heart Health: The heart is a muscle that pumps blood to the rest of your body every day of your life. You can help this important muscle get stronger by doing the kinds of activities that get your heart pumping faster, make you breathe faster and make you sweat, such as swimming, basketball, soccer, ice or roller hockey, cross-country skiing, biking, skipping, jumping rope, even playing hopscotch!

Strengthens Muscles: By using your muscles to do powerful things, you can make them stronger. Some exercises and activities to build strong muscles are push-ups, pull-ups and tug-of-war.

Makes You Flexible: Most kids can bend and stretch their bodies without much trouble. Being flexible means you can move your arms and legs freely and feel comfortable. It’s easy to find things to do for good flexibility such as gymnastics, dancing, tumbling, martial arts and simple stretches, such as touching your toes or side stretches.

Makes You Feel Good: Exercising makes you feel good because it’s fun. But did you know that it can also put you in a better mood? When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, a chemical which may make you feel happier!

Moving and exercising every day leads to a long, happy and healthy life!

#lifestages #exercise #hearthealth #physicalactivity

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