What types of exercise do your kids engage in to strengthen their bones?
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How Does Physical Activity Help My Kids' Bones?
Muscles get stronger when we
use them. The same idea applies to bones: the more work they do, the stronger
they get. Any kind of physical exercise is great for your kids, but the best
ones for their bones are weight-bearing activities like walking, running,
hiking, dancing, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, and soccer. (Children who tend
to play outside will also have higher vitamin D levels.) Swimming and bicycling
promote your kids' general health, but are not weight-bearing exercises and will
not help build bone density. Organized sports can be fun and build confidence,
but they are not the only way to build healthy bones.
The most important thing is for your kids to spend less time sitting and more
time on their feet and moving. Alone or with friends, at home or at the park,
one of the best gifts you can give your kids is a lifelong love of physical