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Family Exercise: Staying Fit Together Can Be Fun

Family Exercise: Staying Fit Together Can Be Fun

We all know the benefits of exercise. It can improve our physical and mental health and help expand our social circles. It's as close to a panacea as we're likely to get. It's also the best way to get children to use that boundless energy for personal good rather than public destruction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, plus muscle-strengthening exercise two days a week. Children and teens need even more exercise — at least 60 minutes each day, according to the CDC. Yet only 20 percent of adults and 25 percent of children ages 12 to 15 get the recommended amount of...