Engaging in regular physical activity is especially important for your second-grader, as it helps build strength and develop healthy bodies, and can even enhance academic performance. Here are physical activity recommendations that follow second-grade physical guidelines.

Benefits

The benefits to your child of physical activity can include:

Recommendations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children aged 7 and 8 participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. This does not need to be 60 minutes of sustained activity at a time, but can include different episodes of activity that, together, total 60 minutes or more. Children should be engaged in a variety of activities that require different degrees of exertion. These should include vigorous activities, such as playing tag, and more moderate activities, such as brisk walking. Children in second grade do not need a structured exercise regimen, but physical activity should be part of their everyday activities, with an emphasis on having fun and playing.

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