What kind of physical activity fits better for children and teens?
Physical activity is basic to keep us healthy, that is why we should consider to transmit this habit from early childhood. Most children don´t do more exercise than the physical activity programmed at the school. Luckily, some others join after-school exercise, frequently sports, but also some not strictly sports (such as dancing, hip-hop, etc.) that are equally beneficial.
At preschool stage, we must insist on the necessity of “active play”. During this age children explore their own abilities, they enjoy running races with adults, jump, climb, being at the swings … all in a safe environment. This is the best exercise and it also helps to improve their growing coordination movements.
As much as possible it is good that adults practice exercise with children, giving example to them at the time we care ourselves´ health. It is quite usual to see whole families taking a walk, or riding a bike, as much as it is becoming to see more often parents footing with their children, playing racket sports, or even doing free time activities such as dancing.
Reaching adolescence, it is quite usual to see teens joining their friends to practice exercise, for instance to play soccer, racket sports or riding bikes with their gang. Give them freedom for this is a good thing to do, but insisting on their safety, using the helmet and protections (while biking, skating or climbing …) since at this stage fall injuries are rather common.