Sports; Kids needs exercise in there daily routine, because it boosts their overall health and wards off excess weight. But it holds added benefit for teens: According to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics, it improves their attention, which can help them do better in school. The greatest payoff came from about an hour a day of moderate-to-vigorous activity, the study found.

Exercise for kids should be fun. Instead of working out, think of it as exercise play. That’s the term used by Ewunike Akpan, who’s a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise, and also the associate manager for the mid-Atlantic region for BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success).

The fitness program

BOKS is a school based fitness program for elementary and middle schoolkids, and it’s all about fun and games! Kids arrive at school about 45 minutes early and spend that time in a fun, active play. It’s a fantastic way to add fitness to their daily routine. And it helps them do better in school too both academically and behaviorally.

So what follows are suggestions for easy exercises for kids movements and games that they’ll enjoy and benefit from, and that require no equipment, or large outdoor spaces, to do. They can be done in small bursts of 5-10 minutes, or you can string several together for a longer playtime.

It seems that sustained exercise at a moderate level releases a specific protein that improves numerous brain functions. But overly vigorous activity could make teens too tired to focus on learning. These findings suggest that exercise could also help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder as part of an overall care plan.

Kids Thrive On Team Sports

With many schools cutting back on physical education time during the school day; so encourage your teen to take up a sport or activity that calls for a daily conditioning session; so ensuring that they’ll be active not just on game days. Some kids thrive on team sports, such as soccer and lacrosse; hence while others do better with activities that allow them to develop more as individuals, such as track and tennis.

If you have home cardio equipment, like a treadmill or exercise bike, suggest that your teen use it while listening to music. Remember to model the behavior you want your kids to follow, so let them see you working out and having fun doing it. You might even get your teen to agree to some family fitness time on weekends and that’s something everyone will benefit from.