Like all parents, being a coach and physical educator, we hope to provide the best environment to nurture our next generation with a holistic physical and mental environment. As if the above is not convincing why children should engage more in different form of physical and sporting activities, below is a list of why exercise is good for children.
- Children who exercise and engage in sporting activities regularly are more likely to continue exercising even as an adult.
- Exercise helps children achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints.
- Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills such as team building – this is especially true for participation in team sports.
- Exercise helps improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
- Research had shown that exercise promotes improved school attendance and also enhances academic performance.
- Children who exercise regularly tends to have greater self-esteem, confidence and better self-images.
- Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension) and promotes health.
- Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression better mental control.
- Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.
On this very special Children Day, besides the usual gifts of sweets and chocolate bars which the kids definitely love to have, perhaps we could offer them even more, to spend more time and play with them, which will not only increase their physical activities level as well as promote stronger bonding relationships between the children and you.