Did you know that one in three children aged 12-15 are either overweight or obese (really overweight)? That is pretty surprising and quite worrying. This is partly because children just are not getting enough exercise, and also because they are not eating healthily. Some children and young people are not interested in playing sports or being active. But they should be. These things not only keep your weight healthy, they also make you feel really good.
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How much exercise is enough?
You should get at least an hour of exercise each day, which should make you hot and at least a bit out of breath. Twice a week (or more if possible) you should also do things that make your bones and muscles stronger and more flexible, like running or other activities where you are on your feet, rather than swimming, or riding a bike.
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For many kids, these recommendations are not a problem because they are always running around at school or at home, kicking a football with friends, cycling or walking to or from school, swimming and doing other stuff. However, some children stay away from being active for lots of different reasons. These might include:
- Being embarrassed
- Being worried about not being good enough at sport
- Not having the right clothes or equipment
If this is you, then you might want to start on your own. There are lots of exercises you can do at home, using videos, for free!
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