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1. Do young children have to have 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity all at once, every day to be physically healthy?

No!

Young children tend to have bursts of intense and vigorous active physical play. Then, they rest and recover for a brief time before taking off again at high intensity. Unlike adults who pace themselves for 60 minutes of repetitive workout activities, young children will do a variety of activities. They run, jump, squat, pivot, leap, spin, and then rest for a brief moment. They vary their physical activity as they go throughout the day, given the limits of the environment. Herein is the secret to making sure children meet the needs of their developing physical health. Children can be encouraged to keep moving and trying out various skills by the environment and relationships in that environment, or they can be discouraged by the actions of the people and limits of the environments they have for playing.

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