It doesn’t always have to be structured sports, but moving and exercising have staggering benefits for your kids’ health. Even though this fact is widely spread, the latest statistics show that childhood obesity is on the rise in Australia. Indeed, one out of four Aussie kids is obese and only 26% of children between 5-12 move at least 60 minutes per day.
At Elanation we believe that we need to change this sooner rather than later. In this article we present the three main advantages that come with regular exercising and moving. You’ll see that your kids will not only benefit from it physically but will be better off socially and mentally.
First and foremost, moving and playing around makes your kids healthier. It reduces the risk of developing diabetes type 2 and related cardiovascular diseases thanks to a stronger heart. It also improves their movement, coordination and overall fitness.
Plenty of movement helps your kids building strong muscles and bones while it decreases the likelihood of gaining unhealthy weight. This is extremely important for the overall development and healthy growth of your kids. Plus, more movement leads to more endorphins which make the kids happier overall.
The benefits of movement go beyond just the physical ones. In fact, it promotes the mental and intellectual development of kids too. Research has proven that kids who move a lot tend to have improved self-esteem and more confidence. Concentration and stress management abilities also increase with regular exercising and can boost your kids’ performance at school.
Importantly, sports and play also represent a cool opportunity for your kids to have fun with friends from the neighbourhood and school. Positive effects include reduced anti-social behaviours such as aggression against others and disruptive actions. Lastly, social play and sports prepare your kids for life and school teaching them valuable skills such as cooperation and teamwork.
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Source: Health.gov.au – Does your child get 60 minutes of physical activity every day?