The Importance of Exercise for Kids
Updated: Apr 12, 2018
It cannot be understated!
!Exercise for children is crucial to their health and development. These should be some of their most active years. They're growing and developing every day, and that should be nurtured and encouraged. Rather than an hour in front of their favorite screen, that hour should be spent outside running around. There are limitless ways to get kids more active!
The Sedentary Problem
Kids are becoming more and more sedentary nowadays. They sit around a lot more than you (parents) used to.
TV's, tablets, smartphones, videogames.... too much screen time and not enough movement add to the problems of childhood obesity and other health conditions.
Ask yourself the following questions: How is this inactivity affecting their growth and development? Do you think 1 hour/week of physical education at school really enough?
Does Your Kid Exercise Enough?
According to the National Association of Sports and Physical Education, children should be getting 60 minutes a day of planned structured exercise (sports, dance, functional training) and 60 minutes of unstructured physical activities like free playing, running around, domestic chores and organizing their room/toys, at least 3 times a week, ideally daily with 1 rest day.
Benefits of Physical Activity for Kids & Teens
Reduces blood sugar levels, increases lung capacity, more efficient cardiovascular system, increases bone density (less risk of fractures), prevents child obesity, and promotes healthy growth and development.
Higher levels of endorphins and serotonin make your kid feel happier and more excited about exercising. The daily achievements will build up confidence and self esteem.
Learn to master physical skills so they will appreciate the value of practice and discipline.
Raising Fit Kids & Teens
Establish a regular schedule for physical activities so it becomes a habit and not a forced special occasion.
Make BEING ACTIVE part of their daily life (take stairs, walk/bike to the store, gardening, active games, or walking the dog as daily chore)
Embrace a healthier lifestyle yourself. Be your kid's positive role model.
Healthy habits now create a healthy lifestyle. This means being fitter and in better health for years to come.
Keep it fun and encourage them. Variation keeps it exciting!