It’s never too early to show your kids the significance of exercise. Instilling the importance of exercise into their lives when they’re young and impressionable will get them in the habit of incorporating activity into their daily routine.
According to the CDC, children ages 5-18 should do an hour of physical activity every day. Not only is it important for parents to exercise with their children to set an example, but adults need exercise too!
Family sports activities are a great way for everyone to get some exercise – play catch, kick a soccer ball, walk the dog, walk to the park or even do some yard work or gardening. You can also make a game out of household chores – see who can complete their list the fastest.
The benefits of exercise go beyond physical fitness and include confidence and stronger self-esteem, more energy, better memory and simply feeling good about themselves. Health benefits include increased blood flow to the brain, which improves concentration and feeling more energized.
KidsHealth.org says studies report that exercise decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children. In addition, their quality of sleep is improved.
Long-term benefits of regular exercise include an overall stronger immune system. The body’s ability to fight disease is improved, and children are less prone to colds, allergies and even diseases.
Get out and exercise as a family today, and start a healthy habit that will benefit everyone for life. And have fun doing it!