Physical fitness

Physical Fitness

Attention! Because most kids aren’t getting the recommended daily amount of exercise, I’ve arranged to shut down the Internet in twenty minutes. Now you’ll have no more excuses. Just push yourself away from the computer, and go outside to play. If you run out of ideas or motivation, the following physical fitness sites will help. But remember, you only have twenty minutes to browse them. And then, you simply must get up from your seat and move!

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CDC: BAM! Physical Activity5 stars

Boldly-colored BAM! Body and Mind is designed for kids nine to thirteen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With quizzes and games, BAM! encourages pre-teens to make healthy lifestyle choices, and also serves teachers with classroom activities linked to national science education standards. Highlights of the Physical Activity section are a quiz to determine which fitness activities best suit your style, and an interactive activity calendar to help plan your fitness week.

Let's Move: Get Active5 stars

"Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. If this sounds like a lot, consider that eight to 18 year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media including TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies in a typical day, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity." Let's Move is an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Kidnetic4 stars

An educational program of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), is built for kids nine to twelve and their parents. The site is divided into four sections. Move is the one that focuses on physical activity or what they call "wet head games," the kind that require you to leave your computer chair and actually run around and sweat. Kore is a game center (games such as timed jumping jacks and Chinese jump rope) and Betchacant is an email challenge to dare friends to beat you at an activity such as hopping on one foot.

KidsHealth: Staying Healthy5 stars

Whether you are a parent, a teen or a kid, KidsHealth has "doctor-approved health information" just for you. For kids, the fitness articles can be found under Staying Healthy. For teens, it is filed under Food & Fitness. Best clicks include the Body Mass Index calculator (look in Teens / Food & Fitness / Dieting), and the Related Articles and Related Resources tabs found on all articles. Although KidsHealth lacks the eye-candy found on many of the other fitness sites, the information here is well-written and easy to read.

WebMD: Fit5 stars

Fit, from WebMD and Sanford Health, is "working to promote healthy lifestyles in homes, schools, daycares, our clinical settings and throughout the community by way of technology, engaging programs and utilizing key role models in a child's life." Choose your portal (Junior, Kids, or Teen) and then jump into daily challenges ("Volunteer to sweep the driveway or wash the car.") and earn points along the way.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

CDC: Physical Activity

Exercise for Children Fitness

President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

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Feldman, Barbara. "Physical Fitness." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 26 May. 2015. Web. 3 Sep. 2015. < >.

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By . Originally published May 26, 2015. Last modified May 26, 2015.

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