In a highly technologically driven society, children can travel the world from their comfy chair at home, and the physical body remains a passive participant in this dynamic travel. Children used to run, literally, from one game to another in the safety of their neighborhoods until parents called them in at dusk.
Exercise was a natural part of growing up. Playing foursquare, running to your friend’s house down the street, endless rounds of tag, riding bikes and the list goes on. Now physical movement is replaced by long hours on the couch or in a chair, still filled with lots of fun games and learning activities but oftentimes at the loss of the former.
Yet physical exercise remains important to health.
So what could be a few compelling reasons to take charge and bring it back into the lifestyle of your family or those for whom you care?
First of all, exercise improves sleep, not only increasing the hours of slumber, but also the quality. Meaning the child will have more solid energy on every level for their day, for learning and increasing their skills.
Second, muscles, joints, motors skills and all parts of a child’s growing body are strengthened with physical activity. Digestive functions are helped and children who exercise are more likely to have balanced metabolism. This means they will less likely have sugar highs and lows which lead to eating simple sugars. What a great remedy for trying to get your kids to eat healthy, encourage them to play!
Along these lines, serotonin and beta endorphin levels are held more constant, the exercise sparks release of these mood stabilizing brain chemicals. Not only are depression and anxiety aided, but the opposite happens, these chemicals are the ‘happy, feel good,’ ones that increase those cute smiles and pleasant dispositions.
The third compelling reason is the metabolizing power of exercise converting food into energy, and keeping children within the healthy weight and proportion for their individual body types.
Fourth, exercise almost always contains a social factor, creating a good environment for children to learn how to relate to others, navigate listening and caring for others, while also expressing themselves, all while having fun!
All of these help one of the most important qualities we want in our children, strong self esteem and personal image.
At Club USA in Littleton, Colorado we take pride in our youth fitness programs. Offering everything from dance and tumbling to interactive games, and even a climbing wall. Click here to contact us and learn more.