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Kids Get More Exercise Than Adults Realize

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Martin says that research has not yet pinpointed what the ideal amount of physical activity is for a child. But the evidence to date shows that physical activity in adults does have important health benefits, so encouraging physical activity in children is important, he says.

He advises kids walk to school where it's possible, and during breaks and recess, play games that get the heart working. "The key is to increase their activity and their fun so it will become a lifelong habit."

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