Getting Children Active, so they become Active Adults
Regular exercise helps to reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Exercise improves balance, flexibility, coordination and strength. Improved muscle strength and flexibility improves a child’s overall health and physical fitness.
10 reasons why kids should be active
- Children who are active 60 minutes a day demonstrate lower rates of obesity.
- Greater rates of activity in children have been associated with higher test scores in reading and maths.
- The body and brain development go hand-in-hand. While this continues for life, this relationship is most critical at a young age.
- Play-based activity that requires a high degree of sensory input helps develop a broad array of skills that make physical activity more enjoyable later in life.
- Frequent physical activity has been associated with improved behaviour in the classroom and beyond.
6. It appears that active children are more likely to become active adults.
7. Aerobic activity has been shown to increase the size of essential brain structures and number of neural connections.
8. Activities requiring balance and coordination improve emotional response.
9. Frequent exercise decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety.
10. Regular exercise with children promotes self-efficacy with regard to health and self-image.
(Brett Klika, CEO of Spiderfit Kids)