Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions.
Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Kids who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them – and their benefits – forward for the rest of their lives. Physical activity can help kids cope with stress. Children who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them – and their benefits – forward for the rest of their lives
Physical activity can help kids cope with stress. It also promotes:
- Healthy growth and development
- Better self-esteem
- Stronger bones, muscles, and joints
- Better posture and balance
- A stronger heart
- A healthier weight range
- Social interaction with friends
- Learning new skills while having fun
- Better focus and concentration during school
There are several types of exercises/activities that your children can do at home on their own to get the required amount of physical activity needed.
Endurance or aerobic activities – activities that involve the continuous movement of large muscle groups – increase heart rate, cause breathing to quicken, and make you work up a sweat. They are important for the development of a healthy heart and lungs.
Endurance activities can be lots of fun – and they don’t have to be competitive. Help your children choose the right activities for them.
Working against a resistance helps children build stronger muscles. Adequate muscular strength allows kids to deal with the demands of daily life without excessive stress on their joints and muscles.
Activities that build strength promote strong bones, muscles, and good posture, improve the ability to lift and maneuver objects and obstacles and enhance healthy growth and development.
Activities that encourage children to bend, stretch and reach promote flexibility. Having adequate flexibility allows children to participate in daily activities without pain or restriction from their muscles or joints.
Being flexible promotes good posture, reduces muscle stiffness and soreness, increases relaxation and minimizes the risk of injury.
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