Exercise and Children
The benefits of exercise for children and adults alike are enormous and contribute greatly to good health, sleep, mental and emotional outlook, and attitude. Exercise is especially beneficial for children as they start a new school year, and are in class many hours a day. Young bodies need to move more than adult bodies, and attempting to sit still and concentrate on studies can cause mental and emotional strain in some children.
Children naturally want to exercise by running, jumping and playing. This should be encouraged starting at a young age, as exercise has many health benefits that carry over into adulthood.
Benefits of Exercise for Children
- Improves immune system
- Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity in childhood and into adulthood
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- Strengthens bones and muscles
- Increases blood flow to brain which increases concentration
- Increased blood flow helps rid the body of toxins enabling detoxification
- Allows body to sweat and breathe more which enhances pathways for detoxification
- Supports overall fitness
- Improves mental health
- Burns excess harmful hormones
- Decreases anxiety, depression; improves mood, outlook, and sleep
- Develops self-esteem and confidence
- Turn off the TV and video games, and send them outside every day. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour minimum.
- Enroll in a sport or physical activity, such as gymnastics, dance or soccer
- Check to make sure they are attending recess outside as much as possible
- Plan physical family activities: hiking, dancing to music, playing in the park, visiting the zoo, canoeing, swimming, or even just a nightly family walk
Encouraging activity in your child is easier and more effective if you, as their parent, is also active. Planning physical activities together can be a fun way to nurture your child’s (and yours) brain, body, health and attitude in a way that is fun and healthy!What are ways that you encourage physical activity in your child?
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