Physical activity in children is important for a wide variety of reasons. It helps to reduce overweight and obesity increases strength in muscles and bones and can even improve concentration at school. Exercise is a vital component of any child’s development—laying the foundations for a healthy life and also fundamental motor skills.
Here are 10 reasons as to why it is important for kids to exercise:
- Promote healthy growth and development – the benefits of exercising at a young age, kids are more likely to translate these to adulthood
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight – in 2018 it was estimated that 28% of Australian kids were overweight or obese. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet can help reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity.
- Improves cardiovascular health – regular exercise helps to reduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes.
- Improves balance, flexibility, coordination and strength – balance and coordination are fundamental motor skills for life, and improved muscle strength and flexibility can improve a child’s overall health
- Assist in the development of gross and fine motor skills
- Improves concentration and thinking – studies have shown that exercise encourages your brain to work at maximum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem
- Improves posture
- Stress relief and promotes relaxation
- Provides a social environment to develop skills and make friends
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