As adults we all know how hard it is to break bad habits, and it’s just as hard if not more difficult to develop new healthy habits. This is why I firmly believe the sooner we engage our children in physical activities and healthy eating, the easier it will be for them to live a healthy lifestyle.
Here are the top five reasons that as parents you should make sure your children are engaged in daily physical activity:
1. Children who exercise have better self-esteem and self images. Children like to succeed. They like to feel good about themselves. Exercise is a great way for them to accomplish new tasks and take pride in their accomplishments. I think this is especially important for those children who don’t necessarily like to participate in team sports. It’s not always about competing against others, it’s much more about improving yourself.
2. Regular physical activity helps to build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints. As our children develop and grow it is so very important that their body structure is also healthy. This helps to maintain good posture and prevent injuries. Building a strong structure from a young age will help through the years to come.
3. Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep. We are an overstimulated society. Between multitasking and the various medias available to all of us, it can be hard to shut down at night. Exercise helps to calm the mind, and the physical exertion helps to release the necessary energy so when it is time for bed one can get a quality night’s sleep. This is incredibly important for developing bodies and minds. Sleep is an integral part in staying healthy…when we are worn down, our immune systems are down and we are much more likely to catch a bug that is moving through the school.
4. Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and in general are in a better overall mood. As an adult you may not understand how exercise can be a stress reliever. It actually might stress you out to think about how you are going to get your workout in. But for children, exercise is a great answer for leaving thoughts of homework and disagreements with siblings behind. Taking in fresh air and being physically active is a healthy release for the pressures children feel. Parents always want happy children, and exercise is a great way to make sure they keep a smile on their face.
5. Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills. As a mom of a child who had moderate fine and gross motor delays, I know the importance of children learning body awareness while developing a strong core and balancing skills. We often take these things for granted but it is so important in a child’s development process.
December 29th – January 2 I will be holding a KidFit Christmas Break clinic from 11 – 11:45 everyday. This program is designed to help jump start your children to adopt a healthy lifestyle or to encourage them to continue making good choices and to stay active.
During each session the children will participate in a number of fun activities, teaching them a variety of skills. We will challenging them with games and tasks that will improve general body strength, cardio endurance and stability. Throughout the sessions we will discuss the various muscles being used as well as how to make healthy choices.
Looking for more information or what to sign up? Drop me an email or text/call 574-387-1344.