It’s not news that children need exercise in their lives. In fact, the majority of people are aware of the fact that increased physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease. It is important that we help our kids to love movement and set them up to be stronger and healthier teens and adults.
The Benefits Of Exercise In Children
- It improves cardiovascular capacity. Moving vigorously cultivates the heart and lungs and helps prevent hypertension, abnormally high blood pressure, which can develop during childhood. Regular physical activity also can substantially lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
- It Keeps The Bones Strong. The time to build bones starts before the teen years and lasts until the mid-20s, which is when bones grow to their maximum thickness. Children need to exercise to avoid losing bone density through inactivity. Prevent the onset of osteoporosis by encouraging children to do weight-bearing activities like jump rope, running games, pivoting and balancing.
- Better Self Image And Emotional Health. During exercise the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain helps children feel a greater sense of well-being and optimism, in turn, helping to combat depression. not to mention that exercise helps give them a positive self-image. They gain confidence and become more comfortable in their own skin.
- Helps Maintain A Healthy. Movement and a healthy diet, combined with reducing sedentary behaviors like watching TV and playing computer games help to prevent obesity, which in turn can help prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
- Stronger Muscles. Playing jump-rope, crossing the monkey bars, playing tag, or even dancing involves using their muscles, which means kids are making them stronger. Increased muscle strength also provides protection against injury.
- Reduced risk of cancer. Statistics show that those who exercise on a regular basis have a decreased risk of many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, liver, and kidneys. Exercise is thought to increase the circulation of cancer-preventive estrogen and insulin in the body.
- More energy. As exercise improves circulation, it gives children a much-needed boost of energy, concentration, and focus. It also helps them balance their energy so that they do not become as tired throughout the day.
- Increases Mental Focus. Exercise releases endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals that act on the brain as natural tranquilizers. Studies have shown that endorphin-rich movement improves mental focus and cognitive skills.
- A stronger immune system. The body’s ability to fight disease is improved. Children are less prone to colds, allergies, and diseases, including cancer.
Our children are our future, understanding and supporting their natural yearning for physical activity will help lead them to a lifetime of happy and healthy living. If we teach them how to include healthy exercise from the early stages of their development, we will be giving our children a gift that will endure throughout their lives. Whether it’s a bike ride, a soccer game, or a run around the block, make sure your kids get out and get active. Active kids become active and healthy adults.
If you’re looking for fun activities and exercise programs for your kids and teens reach out to us at Gantry Kids & Teens in New York. We’re looking forward to working with you and your kids. Whether a novice or elite athlete, we got you covered with classes, after school, camps, the occasional Saturday night, private training or even celebrating a special event. We’re Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today! Contact us today.