As parents, we all want our children to grow up as healthy and happy as possible, and although there are many aspects to this, something that will always be beneficial is ensuring they get plenty of regular physical activity. There are countless reasons why regular physical activity, such as playing sports, running around, or riding a bike, can help a child, and we’ve listed some of them below.
Better Physical Health
Of course, the main benefit, or at least the most obvious, when it comes to physical activity for children is that it’s good for their physical health. The more they move around and exercise, the better their weight will be, the stronger their bones, and the healthier their internal organs.
With overall better fitness levels, children are actually able to do a lot more, and this leads to longer activity sessions which makes their health even better.
Of course, children do have to be careful when they are being active, and it’s crucial that you supervise as a parent or that you leave them in the care of an expert, such as when it comes to sports. If an accident happens, quickly decide whether you need the emergency room or urgent care centre, or you can deal with the issue yourself and help quickly. This will ensure they are back on their feet sooner rather than later.
Something else that physical activity can do for children is help them to be more confident. This comes from ensuring they feel strong and healthy and feel good (during and after exercise, the body will be producing serotonin which is a natural mood booster), but as well as this, children will feel more confident when they realise they can do more than they thought.
Once a child knows they can achieve things, they’ll be a lot more confident in trying other things. So by doing more physical activity, getting stronger, being able to run or cycle further, getting better at sports, and so on, they’ll know they can do what they set their mind to, and that will help them in many different areas of life.
Better Cognitive Function
We’ve spoken about physical exercise leading to better physical health, but did you know that it can also lead to better cognitive function? Studies have shown that taking part in physical activities can help children to focus more in school, ensuring they listen to their lessons and take more in when they are being taught. This will lead to better results in schoolwork, homework, and tests, and it will help them remember more in general.
Not only will children be more academically focused, but their brains will be enhanced in general. Their memory will improve, and they will have better problem-solving skills. As much as these things will definitely be useful in school, they will also be highly beneficial when it comes to their future career and their personal lives.
One of the reasons why physical activity helps with this so much is that it reduces stress and anxiety. When a child is no longer feeling stressed, they are more able to focus.