Physical activity is great for kids along with health nutrition, mental wellbeing, and encouraging good citizenship and social habits. Parents or guardians and wider family can play a large part in encouraging children to explore and make good exercise choices for themselves as they age.
Being physically active also helps build strong bones, muscles and joints. Additionally it reduces risk of obesity and illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. It can help with mental wellbeing, sleep, behaviour, and fosters friendships and teamwork especially in organised sports. And will also help promote positive lifelong habits and all the benefits that go with that.
It can be any activity, free play, sport, dance or anything that means moving enough to be short of breath, feel warm, and sweat.
Here are recommendations for different age groups:
Did you know that only about 1 in 4 children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day?
Participation in all types of physical activity drops dramatically as a child’s age and grade in school increase. It’s important that physical activity be a regular part of family life.
Being physically active means moving enough to breathe heavily, be short of breath, feel warm, and sweat. Moreover exercise is vital to the health and well-being of children. Physical activity helps build and maintains healthy bones, muscles, and joints, for example. It can help keep a healthy body mass index and reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease later in life. It can help children fall asleep quickly and sleep well.
Beyond benefits to the body, physical activity also boosts a child’s mental and behavioral health.
– Increasing a child’s enthusiasm and optimism and boosts self-esteem, school performance, attention and behavior.
– Reducing anxiety, tension and depression.
– Fostering teamwork and friendship when it’s part of an organized sport.
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