CHICAGO – Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as 3 years, say new federal guidelines that…
The Council is the first update since the Government’s Physical Activity Guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of benefits of exercise has increased, and there is more evidence to back up things that were previously unknown, such as short, intense workouts and stairs instead of an elevator.
“Doing something is better than doing something, and doing more is better than doing something,” said Donald Lloyd-Jones, a preventive medical expert at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Only 20 percent of Americans get enough exercise now and childhood fatigue The problem has led to striving to aim younger to prevent bad health later in life.
The highlights of the advice released Monday at an American Heart Association conference in Chicago and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association:
The Biggest Change: Start Young. Guidelines starting at the age of 6, but the new ones say preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 should be encouraged to participate actively throughout the day. They do not require a certain amount but say that a reasonable goal can be three hours with different intensities. It complies with the guidelines in many other countries and is the average activity observed in children of this age.
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7 years, it is recommended to have at least one hour of moderate activity all day. Most of it will be aerobic, the kind of heart rate, such as fast walking, cycling or running. At least three times a week, exercise should be powerful and include muscle and bone enhancing activities like climbing play equipment or playing sports.
Duration will be the same – at least 2½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity or 1 ¼ to 2½ hours of active activity a week plus at least two days including muscle strengthening exercise like pushups or lifting weights.
A key change: It was thought that aerobic activity should be remedied for at least 10 minutes. Now even short times are known to help. Even a single episode of activity provides short benefits such as lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and improving sleep.
Sitting a lot is particularly harmful.
Advice is similar to older adults, but activities should include things that promote balance to avoid cases.
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The goal of young children is the goal of a project that Dr Valentin Fuster, a cardiologist at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, has worked with for years with the Heart Association and Sesame Workshop, Television Producer: s “Sesam Street.”
At the heart conference, he gave results from an intensive four-month program to improve the knowledge and attitudes of exercise and health among 562 children aged 3-5 years. Primary start-up schools in Harlem.
“It was really successful,” said Fuster. “When they understand how the body works, they begin to understand physical activity” and its meaning. “
When brains are young,” it’s the best opportunity “to put health habits last, he said.