Physical Activity for Kid's Bones
Muscles get stronger when we use them. The same idea applies to bones: the more work they do, the stronger they get.
Any kind of physical exercise is great for your kids, but the best ones for their bones are weight-bearing activities like walking, running, hiking, dancing, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, and soccer.
Children who tend to play outside will also have higher vitamin D levels.
Swimming and bicycling promote your kidsí general health, but are not weight-bearing exercises and will not help build bone density.
Organized sports can be fun and build confidence, but they are not the only way to build healthy bones.
The most important thing is for your kids to spend less time sitting and more time on their feet and moving. Alone or with friends, at home or at the park, one of the best gifts you can give your kids is a lifelong love of physical activity.
- Lifting Weights
- Jumping rope