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Benefits of Physical Activities for Kids By Ambreen Ali

  in Wellness, Fitness and Diet | Published 2013-12-03 07:18:08 | 134 Reads | Unrated

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Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape.

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Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape. The school playground is an important starting point. Activity at school can come in different forms. The best would be regular physical education classes, It is important that physical activity be a regular part of family life. Studies have shown that lifestyles learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. Kids who establish healthy lifestyle patterns
at a young age will carry them - and their benefits - forward for the rest of their lives. Ifsports and physical activities are a family priority they will provide children and parents with a strong foundation for a lifetime of health. Parents can provide support and guidance about how to start and how much activity a child needs each day. They need to feel motivated and enjoy their activities. Praise and rewards for each small step achieved can help to keep them motivated. When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights. But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Physical activity can help kids cope with stress. It also promotes healthy growth and development, stronger bones, muscles and joints, a stronger heart, social interaction with friends, better self-esteem, learning new skills while having fun, better focus and concentration during school. It helps young people to settle and pay attention in school or at home. More generally, better fitness is linked to significantly higher achievement scores, while, interestingly, body size has almost no role. Students who are overweight but relatively fit are more likely to get higher test scores than lighter, less-fit children. Besides enjoying health and social benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.

If you've ever watched kids on a playground, you've seen the three elements of fitness in action: endurance, strength, and flexibility that promote healthy growth and development. Parents should encourage their kids to do a variety of activities so that they can work on all three elements. Endurance activities can be lots of fun and they don't have to be competitive. They are important for development of a healthy heart and lungs. They include activities that involve continuous movement of large muscle groups - increase heart rate, cause breathing to quicken, and make you work up a sweat. Examples of these activities include: cycling, ice-skating, swimming, walking, jogging and running. Activities that build strength promote strong bones, muscles and good posture, improve the ability to lift and manoeuvre objects and obstacles and enhance healthy growth and development. Improving strength doesn't have to mean lifting weights. Although some kids benefit from weightlifting but most kids don't need a formal weight-training program to be strong. Push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups, and other exercises help tone and strengthen muscles. Being flexible promotes good posture, reduces muscle stiffness and soreness, increases relaxation and minimizes risk of injury. Stretching exercises help improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion. Flexibility activities include: active play on a playground, digging in the garden, dancing, wall climbing, skipping and stretching routines.

We need our children to grow up to be fit and healthy adults, not just because it's what any civilised society would want for its children, but it's also best for our economy too. Parents can play a key role in helping their child become more physically active. Exercise along with a balanced diet provides the foundation for a healthy, active life. One of the most important things parents can do is encourage healthy habits in their children early on in life. It is not too late to start.

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