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Children’s Physical Activity

 Children’s Physical Activity

Children’s Physical Activity



 

In order for children to grow up healthy, it is extremely important that they are physically active every single day. As a result, if you want to help children develop habits that will last a lifetime, you must encourage them to start an active and a healthy lifestyle early in life.

Generally, children love to play and be active, and that can significantly benefit their health. Children over 5 should be physically active for at least an hour every day. Any exercise that gets them up and moving will do; the point is that their heart beat and breathing speed increase.

The following list includes some incredibly major benefits and advantageous to children:

  • Develop and maintain healthy heart and lungs.

  • Build strong bones and muscles and become more flexible.

  • Reduce a lot of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.

  • Maintain a healthy body weight and improve balance and posture.

  • Increase vital connections in their brain resulting in an improved concentration and thinking skills, which also leads to them doing better in school.

  • Reduce the risk of developing certain health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and obesity.

  • Better their mood and self-esteem and increases their confidence.

An important note to keep in mind is that not only children need to be physically active every day, even teens and adults must make sure add a certain time to exercise to their schedule every day. That being said, it is essential to include the whole family when physically exercising and ensuring that it is a regular activity. Because it would be a lot easier for the family to do things together as a part of their daily routine as they can motivate each other to get up and keep going.

These daily physical activities can involve games, sports, walking, riding a bike (cycling), jumping, climbing a tree, push-ups, etc.

The following list can summarize the types of activities with examples for each:

  1. Vigorous-intensity activities. This kind of activities are the ones that make children sweat and feel out of breath to the point where they can only speak a few words at a time while trying to catch their breath. These activities include running, jumping, and swimming for a long period of time.

  2. Moderate-intensity activities. This kind of activities are the ones that make children sweat more than the ones above and breathe a little bit faster or harder; however, they would still be able to talk as they are exercising and moving their bodies. These activities include riding a bike (cycling) and fast walking.

  3. Other activates that have an aim to strengthen bones and build healthy muscles. These activities include sports such as tennis or basketball, rope jumping, and running.

The following list outlines many tips that can help you encourage your child (and family) to be physically active every single day:

  • Choose the right activities that your child has fun doing. Make sure that they enjoy the activities and like them.

  • Diverse the activities. Make sure that there is a wide variety of activities to help your child try different and new things and not get bored.

  • Be active yourself and set a good example. Often times children look up to their parents as role models as they watch and mimic their habits (whether they were good or bad). Meaning, when your children see you being physically active and exercising every day, they will definitely be a lot more likely to stay active throughout their live, just like you.

  • Be sure to reward your child after every daily exercise session. These rewards must also be healthy such as a visit to the park or to the zoo. It is better than rewarding them with screen time. Not only will it make them happy and get them excited, but it will also have a positive impact on their health and body.

  • Involve the whole family. Invite everyone to participate in certain activities. That can really encourage and praise your child as they would get excited to join the team.

  • Add physical activities to your child’s daily schedule – examples: walking to school, helping in washing the car, and playing outside.