As kids enter their teen years, they might lose interest in physical activity. Between school, homework, friends, and even part-time jobs, they're juggling a lot of interests and responsibilities. But regular physical activity can help your teen feel more energetic, improve focus and attention, and promote a better outlook. And regular physical activity can help your child maintain a healthy weight and prevent heart disease, diabetes, and other medical problems later in life. Physical activity guidelines for teens recommend that they get 1 hour or more of moderate to strong physical activity daily. Teens can be active in sports and structured exercise programs that include muscle- and bone-strengthening activities.
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Jump to content. Children as young as preschool age benefit from exercise and fitness as much as adults do. Experts recommend that teens and children starting at age 6 do moderate to vigorous activity at least 1 hour every day. It's okay for them to be active in smaller blocks of time that add up to 1 hour or more each day. It's important for children and teens to take part in all three types of fitness: flexibility, aerobic fitness, and muscle strengthening.