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:

  1. Promote healthy growth and development – the benefits of exercising at a young age, kids are more likely to translate these to adulthood
  2. 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.
  3. Improves cardiovascular health – regular exercise helps to reduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes.
  4. 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
  5. Assist in the development of gross and fine motor skills
  6. 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
  7. Boosts confidence and self-esteem
  8. Improves posture
  9. Stress relief and promotes relaxation
  10. Provides a social environment to develop skills and make friends

 

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