10 Benefits of Physical Activity in Kids

Most kids in Australia don’t participate in enough physical activities. It seems that nearly all children spend their days sitting in the classrooms or in front of a screen. Physical activities offer your child several health benefits.

The earlier your kids begin to get involved in physical activities, the easier it is to reduce their chances of falling sick. As parents, we can’t leave the fitness of our kids to their teachers and school management. Kids don’t need rigorous exercises to improve the quality of life and keep fit. The trick is to get into a consistent physical activity.

Everyone, regardless of their age, race, sex, health condition, body size, or shape can benefit from physical activities. Find out some of the 10 vital benefits of physical activity for kids. You may be surprised by what you learn!

 

1.     Increased lifespan

Asides from other factors that could influence one’s life expectancy, like your socioeconomic level, recent research discovered that performing the proposed 150 minutes of moderate exercises weekly generated roughly 3.4 extra years to a person’s life. It is never too late to start exercising but the earlier the better.

So, get your kids busy to improve their overall health and lifespan.  

2.     Improved memory and brain function

Physical activities help the brain stay sharp, which improves our memory and retention capacity. Exercises enhance oxygen to our brain and decrease the danger of disorders that can result in memory loss, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Also, it improves the impacts of useful brain chemicals and minimizes stress hormones.

So, if you want a smart and intelligent child, make sure you keep your children physically engaged!

3.     Helps in weight management

Kids that do not exercise their muscles are at risk of obesity. The reason is that, when kids aren’t physically engaged, unused calories are saved as fat. However, physical activity exploits those calories and reduces the fat, by suitably spreading the fat in children’s bodies. Reduced weight is great for the heart and can be helpful in kids with diabetes.

4.     Safeguard against various chronic diseases

You improve the overall health, fitness, and quality of life of your kids when they consistently engage in different physical activities. Exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, depression, stroke, dementia, and anxiety. It also helps combat cancer-related fatigue.

5.     Improved quality of sleep

Recent studies affirm that physical activities can help improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia. It seems that aerobic exercise has the same effect as sleeping pills on sleep. Gone are the days when you have to worry about your child’s inability to sleep. Get them physically spent and enjoy a few moments to yourself before they wake up again.

6.     Sustains muscle strength and balance

Your muscles and bones grow stronger when they are physically stressed. According to the National Institutes of Health, people who exercise regularly reach a better peak of bone density than people who don’t exercise as often. Playing tag, jump-rope, dancing, or crossing the monkey bars helps kids to use their muscles, which makes them stronger.

Improved muscle strength offers protection against injury and improves joint pain and stiffness. Similarly, improved bone density offers protection against osteoporosis, a disorder where bones weaken, lose density, and becomes fragile and porous.  

7.     Stronger lungs

Physical activities improve lung functions and improve their capacity to take in more oxygen and expel more carbon dioxide and other waste gasses. When your kids work hard (physically), regular oxygen intake is increased.

8.     Improved heart health and reduced blood pressure

Children who engage in adequate exercises have better heart conditions and controlled blood sugar levels. Exercises stop sugar from pilling up in the blood by causing muscles to use up more glucose from the bloodstream and consume it for energy. You can minimize the risk of your child developing diabetes when you make your child exercise. The trick is to merge aerobic exercise with physical activities to improve strength and flexibility.

9.     Lessened feelings of anxiety and depression

Exercise enhances the release of serotonin and endorphins in the brain, which makes them feel good, optimistic, and improves their overall emotions. These mood-controlling chemicals are produced by the body during exercises, warding off neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. Children can also combat depression and anxiety when they have a positive self-image.

10.  Increases energy levels

Any physical activity or exercise that can increase your heart rate, get your blood pumping faster, and release endorphins will increase your energy levels. Increased energy helps children become more active and reduces fatigue during the day. Sound cardiovascular exercises improve your heart rate and give you more stamina.

Remember!

Enhance your children's health with fun, games, exercises, and physical activities. Make sure your kids are out and active whether it’s through a football game, a bike ride, or a run around the block. These physical activities will help your kids stay active and grow into healthy adults.

Reference Links

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/physical-activity.htm

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/fitness/Pages/Encouraging-Your-Child-to-be-Physically-Active.aspx

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/children-youth/australias-children/contents/health/physical-activity

https://www.theedadvocate.org/10-benefits-physical-fitness-children/

https://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/10-benefits-of-physical-activity/

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-020-09453-3