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FIT Connection for Kids: Recharge

How do rest and relaxation tie in with being fit?

How RECHARGE Fits Into the FIT Platform continued...

When you're busy and tired, you might want to just open a package to eat food even if it isn't good for you. It's easier to eat healthy food when you RECHARGE. And the best way to do that is to have a regular bedtime. To learn more about the FIT Platform and weight, see FIT Connection for Kids: Healthy Weight.

When you RECHARGE by resting and relaxing, it's easier to be in a good MOOD. When you wake up cranky in the morning, think about if you got enough sleep. Kids your age need about 10 hours a night. In a study, people who didn't sleep for one week became worried, sad, angry, and couldn't think well. Missing even just one night of sleep can put you in a bad mood and make it hard to think.

How to Make Time to RECHARGE

OK, so now you know it's important to give your body and brain time to RECHARGE. What can you do to make sure you get enough rest?

Think about what you do after school. Think about what you do after dinner. Think about what you do before bed. Maybe you need to give up some TV time or get your homework done before dark. Then you can play outside or go to bed earlier.

When you make a healthy change, start with a small thing -- like watching just one less TV show. Then, after you get used to that, you might want to try something else. You can ask your parents for help, too.

Use the RECHARGE section of FIT Kids to find out more about sleep and rest. Power up for a healthy life!

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Reviewed on March 13, 2012