No Bones About It – Exercise Does the Body Good!

Author: Shannon Miller

Exercise for strong bones

It’s not just milk that does your body – and your bones – good, it’s exercise too!

So, when it comes to your kids’ bone health, make sure they are regularly engaging in weight-bearing activities.  In just the same way that their muscles get stronger when they use them, so do their bones! 

Your kids’ bones are sure to love the following activities:

  • Walking
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Dancing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Skateboarding
  • Gymnastics
  • In-line skating
  • Basketball
  • Lifting weights
  • Jumping rope
  • Aerobics

With summer vacation here, there’s no better time to promote physical activity!

Get your kids excited about being off the couch and active.  Though kids are probably mostly concerned about doing fun activities, sharing information with them about the benefits of exercise (i.e. “Exercise can help you build strong bones!”) may empower them to eventually make it a priority of their own. And remember, kids model what they see – if it’s important to you, it’s more likely to become important to them!

Source: “Kids and Their Bones: A Guide for Parents.”  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases – a service provided by the National Institutes of Health.

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