EXERCISE FOR KIDS AT AN EARLY AGE
16.10.2017
As you are probably aware, the majority of kids today would rather stay in their homes and watch TV or play games on their gaming consoles or phones instead of getting involved in physical exercise. Did you know that according to official statistics, just 21% of kids (between 6 and 19) are following the recommended time for physical activity per week? (1) Experts believe that this percentage will become even lower if parents don’t take action. One of the best ways to stimulate physical exercise for kids is to explain them the benefits of this activity and make it a habit for them from the early years. By learning more about these benefits, parents will become more motivated to help their kids become active.

The benefits of physical exercise for kids

As you are probably aware, the majority of kids today would rather stay in their homes and watch TV or play games on their gaming consoles or phones instead of getting involved in physical exercise. Did you know that according to official statistics, just 21% of kids (between 6 and 19) are following the recommended time for physical activity per week? (1) Experts believe that this percentage will become even lower if parents don’t take action. One of the best ways to stimulate physical exercise for kids is to explain them the benefits of this activity and make it a habit for them from the early years. By learning more about these benefits, parents will become more motivated to help their kids become active.

Why is physical exercise good for kids?

There are many reasons why kids should be involved in physical exercise and in this article, we will highlight the most important ones.

Physical health

Physical exercise supports healthy development and growth of kids’ bodies. With regular physical exercise, kids will feel more energetic, they will develop proper coordination, they will get better movement control and keep a healthy body weight. Did you know that the number of kids with obesity in the US is increased by about 300% since the 1970s? (2) Physical inactivity is one of the main reason for that. Spending countless hours in front of the TV or computer will eventually take their toll.

The positive impact on physical health is often highlighted as the most important benefit of physical exercise. Almost every aspect of kids’ health is improved in this way. Physical exercise makes their heart stronger, strengthens the lungs, keeps the veins and arteries healthy, stabilizes blood pressure, strengthens bones and controls weight.

Mental health

Another great thing about physical exercise is that it helps kids handle stress and anxiety. Contrary to popular belief, kids feel anxiety and stress too and if we don’t help them cope with these problems they can escalate. Physical exercise is a great way to release this pressure. In addition, exercise can help them enhance concentration skills and improve their attention span.

Emotional wellbeing

Furthermore, physical exercise has proven to be an excellent way to help kids feel more relaxed, happier and more confident. It gives them a sense of belonging and improves their sleep too. When they are involved in physical exercise they are getting an opportunity to achieve something.

Social skills

In many cases, physical exercise can help children develop some essential social skills that can help them later in their lives like teamwork and cooperation. Needless to say, this gives them a chance to meet new kids and contributes to their integration.

Productivity and learning

Finally, children who are regularly involved in physical exercise are usually well-organized and motivated. Scientists have found a direct connection between physical exercise and learning ability. We are strong believers that physical exercise is vital in a child’s development.

There are many ways in which you can make your kid more active. There are also many physical exercises that have proven to be useful. An indoor playground for kids is one of the best ways to support physical exercise in the comfort and safety of your home!