Fitness and Exercise in Children Directory
Whether it's organized sports, swimming, dancing, hiking, or martial arts, children should be encouraged to do physical activities that they like. Parents should play alongside their children and talk about the benefits of fitness. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about children's fitness and exercise, the benefits of exercise for children, encouraging exercise and fitness for children, and much more.
5 Simple, Fun Ideas for Family Fitness
It's time for exercise! Make yours an active family with these fun activities to keep everyone fit.
Exercise and Your Young Child
Discover fun, adult-directed fitness activities for infants to 5 year-olds.
What Is Sever’s disease?
Sever’s disease is a common heel injury in adolescents.
Growing Pains in Children: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of growing pains in children.
How to Get Any Kid to Exercise
It’s tough to motivate kids who just don’t like exercise. But parents have more power than they realize.
What’s the Right Sport for Your Child?
Many kids aren’t born knowing they want to play soccer or be on the cheerleading squad. Parents can help them find an activity that will keep them active.
How P.E. Benefits Kids -- and Why Parents Should Care
P.E. has changed since you were a kid. Here’s why it’s important and how to help your child love it.
The Busy Parent’s Guide to Exercise Motivation
Too tired, drained, or busy to work out? Think again. Here are 4 ways to get in the mood to move.
Keeping Kids Active
Get practical advice from the experts on how to get your child off the couch and on the road to good health.
Video: Ease Your Child’s Stress
A balanced routine is important if your child is stressed beyond normal. Here’s how you can structure their day.
Video: How to Tell If Your Kid is Stressed
Worried your child is stressed? Ease the anxiety and look for these behaviors.
Stop Childhood Obesity
Can childhood obesity be stopped? Yes, says child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Teach Your Kids to Love Exercise
Your kids don’t like sports? No problem! See how to get your kids up and moving. Find fun ways for them to exercise.
Slideshow: 14 Inside Rainy-Day Activities for Kids
Keep kids moving with these kids games when they can’t play outside. See that kids don’t need to be outside to have family fun and get fit.
Slideshow: 14 Healthy Ways for Kids to Relax
See how to battle your stress, kids. Find out how to relax by using music, yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques to handle stress.
Slideshow: Quick Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater
Is your child a picky eater? Learn strategies for feeding picky eaters and tips for establishing good eating habits in kids.
Snacks Quiz: Is Your Snack Supersized?
Chips, fries, pizza -- eating more than you realize? Take this quiz and see if you can tell the difference between what a snack serving size should look like and what kind of portion is too big.
Performance Supplements Quiz for Teens: Sports Drinks, Energy Drinks, Creatine, and More
Try this quiz to see how much you know about the potential dangers of protein supplements, creatine, energy drinks, natural steroids, and more performance supplements.
Quiz: Do Your Kids Get Enough Exercise?
Are your kids getting moving enough? Take this exercise quiz to see how much you know about kids and healthy fitness habits.
Ice Cream Myths and Facts Quiz: Can Ice Cream Be Healthy?
What makes a healthy frozen treat? Take this quiz and show us how much you know about ice cream, frozen yogurt, and popsicles.