Benefits of Physical Activity for Kids

Play rugby or soccer, cycle or trees, walk or sprint, take part in karate or ballet - it all counts as exercise at the end of the day. And there's almost no part of you that doesn't get better when you do it: bones, muscles, lungs, brain. You get the idea!

Read on for all the benefits exercise helps you or (your child).

 

Why Exercise Is Good for Your Body

Lungs and heart - they get stronger when you get moving. That helps you feel more energy and means you can play, walk, or jog longer without feeling so tired, which means you can run after your kids for longer or better again they can spend hours on end playing their favourite games with neighbourhood friends. 

Muscles - exercise makes them stronger and stretchier. So, become the family arm-wrestling champ! Take out the garbage! Maybe even master the cartwheel?!

Bones - you make yours stronger when you move. That'll help with everything from how tall you stand to how powerful you are. Remember it's not just vitamin D that's important for our bones, exercise is every bit as important too! 

Staying healthy - exercise helps you keep your weight in check. It can mean you’re less likely to get diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and some kinds of cancer. It can even help you avoid getting a cold or the flu as often (lately, I had the man flu & wouldn't wish it on anyone) LOL

 

How Exercise Can Help Your Mind

Because a good workout gets your blood flowing, more oxygen gets to your brain. And that means you can think better. Exercise may:

  • Keep you from zoning out in class or while doing your homework
  • Improve your scores on tests
  • Help you get better grades
  • Help you sleep better. When you exercise, your brain gets the message that you're tired at night.

How Exercise Can Put You in a Better Mood

It affects chemicals in your brain. And those can change how you feel. When you move, you can:

  • Get more energy so you feel good and can do things you want to do, like sports, dance, playing an instrument, or reading
  • Feel better when you’re stressed out
  • Stay calmer when you have to give a class presentation

Sounds good right, get to it - join a local class, get out for a family cycle but most importantly just get moving!!!