Walking is Great for Kids of All Ages
Many parents feel there is no time to exercise as a family. As our kids head back to school, we’re squeezing more than ever into our hectic schedules. But you can work in plenty of physical activity for the whole family — simply by walking more. No other form of exercise is as easy, convenient and inexpensive. All you need is a pair of shoes and the will to get up and move.
The Many Benefits of Walking
“Walking has the lowest dropout rate and the lowest injury rate of any exercise,” notes pediatrician Garbis Baydar, MD, who serves as AAHPO’s Treasurer. “It can help control weight, build healthy muscles, bones, joints and improve your mood. And just walking 30-60 minutes a day will improve anyone’s overall health.”
A healthy exercise regimen and a well-balanced diet are fundamental for a long healthy life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the U.S. Children who are overweight or obese are at risk for developing hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels and other illnesses
“Children today are not as active as were previous generations,” says pediatrician Lynn Cetin, MD, an AAHPO Board Member. “Many of us were allowed more freedom and ran around for much of the day. Today we need to get our children away from the computer and TV screens and do something with them if we want to help keep them fit. A fun and easy way is to take them walking.”