Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and be successful, and will increase self-esteem at every age…
Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help kids to live a lifetime of being active.
As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough physical activity daily. Some of the reasons that prevent them from exercising include increasing demands at school, a feeling among some kids that they aren’t good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families.
And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhood as kids once did. So their opportunities might be limited. Despite these barriers, parents can instill a love of activity and help kids fit it into their everyday routines. Doing so can establish healthy patterns that will last into adulthood.
Angel Nicolas, Owner and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Quality Fitness says it is essentially vital to build a good base and learn to teach the body the basic functional movements to avoid and prevent any future injuries. Exercising not only will build stronger bones, muscles, heart and lungs, but it will also help the child’s physical health by building a stronger immune system and improving the body’s ability to fight diseases. It will also help them sleep better, control weight and decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“Our efforts to encourage our children to exercise more and instill in them the wisdom of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle will yield years of dividends in these young people’s lives” said Angel.