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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

Let them play! Updated federal exercise guidelines now include guidelines for preschoolers. Remember when you were a kid and your parents would kick you out of the house and you were expected to stay outdoors all day? Indeed, it was an oddity for a child to remain indoors; really, only those suffering some ailment were house confined and the rest of us stood outside their windows and tried to coax them out to play anyway. Much has changed societally since then, but mother nature hasn't. If kids don't expend this natural abundance of energy through play, they may do so within the confines of the four walls of the home which may be perceived by adults as "hyper"-active, but which is a natural amount of energy seeking release. Kids need aerobic activity and lots of it!
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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