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FIT Connection for Kids: Move

How does activity tie in with being fit?
By Brenda Conaway
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD

Regular exercise is important for good health. That's why MOVE is one of the four parts of the FIT Platform.

Being active helps your body in these ways:

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  • Builds healthy bones and muscles to make you strong
  • Helps keep your weight healthy
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels (if they're too high they can hurt your heart health)
  • Lowers the risk of some other diseases, like diabetes

But moving your body also affects your body and your mind in other ways.

How Moving Fits Into the FIT Platform

Here is how moving your body every day affects the other areas of the FIT Platform.

When you MOVE, you improve your MOOD. When you exercise, you're doing something good for you. So that makes you feel good about yourself. Exercise also causes your body to make chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins tell your brain to feel happy. That means moving your body is a great way to boost your mood.

Getting exercise every day helps you RECHARGE. Studies have shown that when you exercise during the day, you sleep better at night. So exercise helps you feel less tired and have more energy. And those endorphin chemicals that make you feel happy also tell your brain to feel calm. So exercise helps you relax when you're worried or stressed.

When you MOVE, it helps you get stronger and burn the energy you get from FOOD. Your body runs on energy called calories. When you eat food, you put calories in your body -- like putting gas in a car. When you move, your body burns calories -- like a car burns gas while it's going. Extra gas in a car would spill out. But extra calories stay in your body and get turned into fat. You need calories to grow, get stronger, and make your body do things. So, to be healthy and strong, MOVE!

Put Fun Fitness First

Staying active is important for everyone. But kids have a lot to do -- like school and activities and homework and chores. So many kids don't think that they have time to be active.

The MOVE section of FIT Kids can help you learn how to step up your everyday activity. Try active video games instead of games where you sit to play. Plan a dance party with your friends. Or just take your dog for a walk.

Make sure you're having fun, too. Because if it isn't fun, you aren't going to stick with it.

Reviewed on March 13, 2012