Physical activities and healthy foods are essential for the overall growth of kids. An active, healthy lifestyle should be nurtured early to help children develop better habits and grow. For instance, engaging in physical activities help children:
Develop strong bones
Maintain body weight
Become more flexible
Avoid risks of various illness
Here are more reasons why you should encourage your kids to engage in physical activities.
Improved mental health
Physical exercise may seem overwhelming to some kids. However, it helps reduce anxiety and stress, thus improving overall mental health. The actual exercise can become an excellent experience once you get your child into it. Accordingly, you do need an intense session for your child to reap the benefits. You can make it as simple as enrolling your kid into a swim school.
Endurance activities are excellent for overall body growth. These activities are essential for the development of a healthy heart and lungs. Accordingly, endurance activities are fun and do not necessarily have to be competitive. For instance, you may consider physical activities, such as jogging, wall climbing, soccer, skating, and skateboarding.
Better motor skills
Physical activities in younger children can also refine motor skills. These are skills that help your kid develop better basic movements for everyday life. Additionally, fine and coarse motor skills are essential for coordination.
Activities such as stretching, jumping, and jogging can refine your kid’s ability to perform basic and mundane tasks such as writing, feeding, and tying shoelaces. As much as they may seem basic, the skills are essential for your child's overall development.
Many children tend to slump, especially the ones that do not exercise frequently. The good news is that physical activities, such as playing games, can help counter this problem. This helps improve your kid’s posture and enhance spine strength. A better posture has many benefits. First, it protects your kid’s spinal code from the deformation that comes with slumping. Additionally, it reduced the risks of chronic pains.
Obesity in children is a common condition nowadays. This is triggered by the lifestyle most kids lead and the food they eat. Accordingly, physical activities help kids burn calories faster and better. This is an essential aspect when it comes to managing your kid’s weight. Therefore, you should encourage your kid to be more physically active instead of letting them slouch. Even less intense physical activities, such as walking, can go a long way in weight management.
Developing social skills
Physical activities, such as playing games, provide an opportunity for kids to interact and make friends. This is one of the best ways to nurture your child’s social skills. Accordingly, team sports can improve communication skills and help kids develop and adopt teamwork abilities.
Physical activities have many benefits that help your child grow as a better person. Apart from improving fitness and overall health, exercise can also help you prevent restless kids by keeping them more engaged. Therefore, it is essential to encourage your kid to be more active physically.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.