Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Physical activity is the perfect way to prevent heart disease, and it starts young! Teaching our kids fun ways to stay healthy will benefit them for a lifetime.

The American Heart Association recommends that school-age children and teenagers get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity. Younger children should have even more, with a goal of three hours of active play utilizing a variety of activities.

A few ideas to get your child’s heart pumping:

  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Running or walking (like playing tag!)
  • Rollerskating
  • Soccer
  • Bike riding
  • Jumping rope
  • Dancing

The key is to find movement that kids enjoy and can do regularly. As long as their heart is beating harder, they are breathing faster they are giving their heart the work it needs. Developing these healthy heart habits will help keep kids from heart disease as an adult, and ultimately finding themselves in an emergency situation.