Why is exercise important to health?
Exercise—like playing tag on the playground, participating in a team sport, or twirling in dance class—is good for your health. Regular physical activity helps a person have stronger bones and muscles, helps control body fat, helps prevent certain illnesses, and contributes to a good outlook on life. Regular exercise helps promote digestion and a good night’s sleep. When children exercise as part of their busy lives, they are better equipped to manage the physical and emotional challenges of a busy day, like walking to school, climbing stairs, catching a school bus, or studying for a test. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), all children two years and older should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise on most, if not all, days of the week.