07 Aug The Importance of Physical Activities in Children
Health is an important aspect of children wellness. In essence, healthy children grow stronger in all development aspects. One of the ways that you maintain healthy development in children is by engaging them in physical activities. Children love to be active, making physical activity to be part of their daily routine is not only fun but it also promotes healthy growth. Some of the benefits of physical activity include improved cardiovascular fitness, quality sleep, development of strong bones and muscles, boosting of confidence and self esteem, enhanced level of concentration and improving the quality of social and emotional skills.
Children who are engaged in physical activities have enhanced sense of physical fitness. In essence, a child should have a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Depending on their age, studies indicate that children can be actively engaged up to several hours in a day. If you are looking for ways to promote physical fitness in children, remember that the best way to teach children is taking lead example. Parents who create time to get involved in physical activities increase their children’s participation.
It is important to set a good example in some of the following ways, regularly engaging in taking short walks around the neighborhood, restricting amount of time taken in watching television, engaging children in activities such as gardening, washing the car, reinforcing social skills and increasing the trip to school sporting activities. These among other steps set the pace for involvement in physical activities that are instrumental in developing physical fitness in children.
In order to instill these habits in the life of a child it is recommended to start early. Young children are naturally inclined to be active, so it is prudent if you take time in building on these inclinations early in enough. You can achieve this by indulging the child’s interests in physical activities such as kicking the ball, throwing, rope skipping, jumping and engaging in other activities such as running and cycling. Ensure that these activities are created in an environment that promotes fun and moments of enjoyment. These activities should be age appropriate to avoid exposing your child to stressful activities.
If you are not into structured activities, you can as well engage the child in unstructured physical activities that are beneficial to the general wellbeing of the child. These activities include flying a kite along a beach or in the park, throwing a Frisbee, roller skating, jumping on a trampoline, playing a family game like table tennis, swimming and splashing in a swimming pool, and dancing to great vibrant music. During colder months you can engage in more indoor activities that promote physical fitness.
Information regarding children and fitness can be acquired by consulting with your pediatric doctor as well as taking time to visit the physical education instructors in school. In essence, investing in child fitness is an important way developing a great foundation for holistic growth and development. Start early in order to inculcate these activities in the life of your child.