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According to experts, “regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being….” It’s recommended that children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday.
Unfortunately, “only 21.6% of 6 to 19 year-old children and adolescents in the United States attained 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on at least 5 days per week.”
Regular physical activity improves cardio respiratory fitness, builds strong bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduces the risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Physical activity also improves academic performance. “Students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance (e.g., memory), and classroom behaviors (e.g., on-task behavior). “
During his 30 plus year career, John has worked as a health and fitness instructor, an exercise specialist, strength and conditioning coach, and a health and physical education teacher. As a professional educator and health and fitness expert, John has worked with thousands of children and adolescents. He loves to educate, inspire, and motivate youth to learn, grow and adopt healthy lifestyles.
John is committed to help these young people reach their goals and achieve optimal well-being, while building strong character. His fun, energetic, and enthusiastic hands-on teaching approach engages and equips kids to be the best they can be.
WHY CHILDREN NEED EXERCISE
BENEFITS OF EXERCISE FOR CHILDREN
It’s not a newsflash that children need exercise in their lives. In fact, we’re all probably pretty aware of the fact that increased physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease. And we also know that helping our kids to love movement sets them up to be stronger and healthier teens and adults. But, what we may not be as familiar with is the “How” and “Why.”
How Exercise Helps Children’s Physical Development
- Develops Muscle Strength: Muscle strength helps to reduce children’s risk of injury. Lifting things, including their own body weight, keeps them healthy and limber, so they feel well and function optimally.
- Improves Cardiovascular Capacity: Moving vigorously cultivates a healthy heart and lungs, and helps prevent hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure), which can develop during childhood. Regular physical activity also can substantially lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
- Keeps Bones Strong: The crucial time to build bones starts before the teen years and lasts until the mid-20s, which is when bones grow to their maximum thickness. You can help your kids prevent the onset of osteoporosis by encouraging them to do weight-bearing activities like jump rope, running games, pivoting, and balancing.
- Decreases Body Fat: Aerobic activity and strength training help children expend energy (calories), which helps them with weight control and positive body fat distribution.
- Maintains a Steady, Healthy Weight: Movement and a healthy diet, combined with reducing sedentary behaviors like watching TV and playing computer games help to prevent obesity, which in turn can help prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
How Exercise Helps Children’s Psychological Well-Being
- Enhances Self-Esteem: As children exercise, their strength increases, and so does their self-esteem. They gain confidence and become more comfortable in their own skin.
- Reduces Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: Physical activity can change your brain chemistry and improve your frame of mind. For instance, exercise has been shown to increase levels of serotonin, which can contribute to reduced feelings of depression.
- Increases Concentration and Alertness: Exercise releases endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals that act on the brain as natural tranquilizers. Studies have shown that endorphin-rich movement improves mental focus and cognitive skills.
- Boosts Energy Levels: Movement stimulates attention and energy levels due to improved circulation and blood flow. This helps your body deliver more oxygen and essential nutrients to your tissues, which, in turn, allows you to do more — and feel better — throughout the day.
- Controls Mood Swings: Exercise can help calm kids down and stabilize their mood swings, thus making good behavior more likely.
- Fosters Feelings of Happiness: Fun, physical activities and mental stimulation with family and friends in a supportive environment give children the sense that they’ve achieved something new and challenging. They feel better. They feel happy.