Exercise for Children
Whether it’s soccer practice, riding bicycles or playing tip – it all counts as exercise. Each part of your body gets better and feels better when you do it.
Unfortunately, while digital technology has improved many aspects of your lives, it has also encouraged less movement and more sitting.
Why is Exercise Important for Children?
Encouraging your children to exercise helps in short run by strengthening both your bones and muscles. In the long run, you can see health benefits like lower blood pressure, less risk of becoming obese and diabetic.
The more they get their lungs and heart moving, the more energy they have to play, walk and exercise longer without feeling as tired. As your children continue to play sports like football or cricket, their reflexes and coordination will improve.
Exercise for children can increase blood flow which gets more oxygen to their brains. This will help keep them focused while in the classroom or at home completing homework.
Your children begin to have more energy when they exercise which motivates them to run faster or study that extra hour. When your children are stressed out they can begin to feel more calm and ready to take on the next challenge.
3 Main Areas of Fitness to Focus On
Whenever your children play a sport, a game, or run – you’ve probably seen them focus on 3 key areas of exercise.
Your children can develop and improve their endurance by regular aerobic exercise (ex. running, basketball, football). During aerobic exercise your children’s heart beats faster and they tend to breathe harder. When done regularly and for extended periods of time, the heart gets stronger and helps sustain your children for exercise session.
Improving your children’s strength can mean many different types of exercise – push-ups, crunches, pull-ups. These type of exercises will help tone the muscles and strengthen the bones.
It’s important to improve flexibility because it reduces the risk of injury during sports or daily exercises. By having the joints move through their full motion it enables the muscle to move more effectively. Your children can do simple stretches like toe touches or hamstring stretches.
It’s important to ensure the exercises are age-appropriate activities that are done regularly.
You can also embrace a healthier lifestyle for yourself and become a positive role model for your children. After all, you can’t go wrong with a healthy lifestyle for your whole family. So get those bodies moving and it will thank you.
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