Keeping kids physically fit; why it’s so important

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It takes 3 weeks to break a habit and a lot of will power to encourage change while improving upon ourselves. They say the best time to learn a new language is as  a child. Children have the easiest time learning new things and transition rather smoothly. For this very reason, it is so important to instill proper heath habits in our children at a young age. The earlier they learn the value of good health, the more likely they are to carry these good habits on into adulthood. We all want the best for our kiddos, and here are just are some examples of why we want them to stay physically active as much as possible.

Constant activity promotes healthy growth and development while building strong bones and muscles. One of the key ways to prevent Arthritis later in life is by carrying an active lifestyle. Even those that have already developed the debilitating disease have often found relief once becoming more active.

Improving balance develops through constant activity. Why is balance important? Our bodies ability to maintain a natural balance will help prevent falls which may lead to sprains, bones breaking, and bruising. This certainly falls in line with our next reason for staying fit; maintaining and develop flexibility

Improves posture-you remember way back when your mom and dad used to poke you in the back and say, “sit up straight”? Well chances are, you do the same with your own little ones when you see them hunched over. Did you know that staying physically active provides us with the ability to natural strengthen our back muscles and helps with posture? Certain sports are dependant on proper posture in order for suitable performance to be met. For example, you will never see a gymnast hunched over. And what about professional runners? Those guys would fall face first on the track if they didn’t have the proper stance.

Developing skills come hands in hands with being active. “Practice makes perfect”, right? There’s another one of those one-liners your parents use to feed you all the time. The truth of the matter is, there is no truer statement. The best way to develop our skills is to stay on top of what we are doing. Get on the field and practice making those goals! Not only will physical skills develop through sport, so will emotional skills, such as learning how to work as a team or a leader.

One of the most valuable reasons to stay active is to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. By no means is this for superficial reasons. Obesity can lead to many diseases including stroke, diabetes, and heart attack. Keep your kids safe by teaching them the importance of a healthy weight composition for their height.

Improving cardiovascular fitness is the perfect follow-up to weight control. Being overweight can cause undue stress on the heart. If you have heart disease in the family, consider how important it is to keep proper blood flow to the most important organ in the body by staying physically fit and getting that heart rate going!

A great workout can help with relaxation. The best way to ensure a good nights sleep is by keeping the body in shape and getting in at least 30 minutes of cardio a day.

Participating in sports provides the chance for children to make new friends, learn the value of team work and opportunities to participate in other related social events.

And last, but certainly not least,  participating in sports provided children with a higher self-esteem. Any sort of achievement is gratifying and certainly helps the individual to feel better about themselves. It’s so important that children learn self-worth at an early age in order to prevent emotional challenges later in life.

Staying active is great for our bodies both physically and emotionally and should be a part of our everyday lives. Remember to teach your children the value of exercise while leading by example.

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