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Good Ol' Walking

It may sound boring to some, but walking is one of the best forms of exercise that kids (and adults) can get. It's especially helpful for children who don't enjoy extreme physical exertion or competitive games.

Walking is a very general term -- it can range from a peaceful stroll through the local park to hiking up a mountain. Kids as young as 2 can go out for a simple walk with Mom or Dad, but you should probably hold off on hiking until the kids are 5 or 6. Either way, it's a great opportunity to see the world, get in touch with nature, and stay in shape!

Here are some of the benefits that your child will get from walking:

Physical benefits

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Leg strength
  • Weight control

Social benefits

  • Feeling of freedom
  • Self-esteem
  • Environmental awareness
  • Family bonding

Sources: Fitness and Kids; Little League Organization; U.S. Youth Soccer Association; National Center for Bicycling and Walking; International Inline Skating Association

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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