Children Grow Through Movement
Movement and children go hand in hand. Look at toddlers. They are full of movement. Exercise for kids is just a way of life. Childhood and activity are synonymous… or should be.
Our modern lifestyle… the technology and information age is changing our bodies and how much we move, but it’s not changing how much we need to move. We still need vigorous activity and exercise every day to live our best lives. It’s not just about fat and weight, or even muscles. It’s that and more. When we move our physiology functions better. When children move they’re following their genetic and cellular imperative.
With childhood obesity increasing at staggering rates, parents and caregivers must play an active role in protecting children’s health. Eating healthy foods is a key factor in maintaining their overall well-being. But, this has to be balanced with regular physical activity.
Fit Kids are Happy Kids
Children who are physically active on a regular basis will reap enormous benefits. Studies have shown that they:
- Are less likely to become overweight
- Have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Have reduced blood cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure
- Have higher self-esteem and reduced incidences of depression and anxiety
- Are more likely to build strong bones and muscles
- Are more attentive in school
- Are less likely to be negatively impacted by ADD/ADHD
Now that we are reminded of just how critical it is for our children to be active, it’s time to get them up and moving.
10 Best Tips to Motivate Kids to Move
1. Focus on fun. You don’t have to call it “exercise,” just consider it an activity. Find out which ones your child likes and encourage those.