We hear a lot these days about kids staying active but why should they and how does it help them?
Childhood obesity has quadrupled since the 1960s with children spending over 7½ hours a day on all screen media combined (TV, videos, and DVDs, computer and video games) and as they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. Reasons include increasing demands of school, some children feeling that they aren’t good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families. Safety concerns and living in areas with lots of buildings means perhaps children can’t play in their neighbourhood either but children need activities that build:-
Endurance – aerobic activity such as running and jumping strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells;
Strength – does not mean lifting weights. Push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups help tone and strengthen muscles. Kids also use strength activities during play when they climb, do a handstand, or wrestle;
Flexibility – movements that allow muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion such as reaching for a toy just out of reach, practicing a a split or a cartwheel.
Great! You have heard this all before but how this does this manifest in daily life?
Well for starters kids maintain a healthy body weight, eat better, have improved quality and quantity of sleep, are less likely to be anxious or depressed and research shows they have better self-esteem, self-image, improved school attendance and enhanced academic performance. Team and group activities promotes interpersonal skills – listening, conversations, interaction with others – and regular exercise promotes healthy muscles, bones, joints and delays development of chronic diseases such as heart issues, diabetes and blood pressure problems.
So what’s the point of eating organic which is the fuel for your body if you don’t run the body? It gets bigger and bigger to accommodate more and more fuel and you still end up overweight so make sure you all “move it move it” and give your family the gift of fun and fitness.
Still not convinced and wondering where to start?
Well we are not just dispensing advice (lots of helpful mums and mum-in-laws for that!) we are giving you the means so sign up for your FREE age appropriate trial class at My Gym Children’s Fitness Centre on Sat 20th or Sat 27th August and decide for yourself.
Now ask yourself – what are you waiting for?