If your child learns nothing else from you, it should be how to eat a healthy meal and exercise. Exercise is just as important to your children’s overall health as the food you provide. Physical exercise will make your child strong and smart.
Scientifically, exercise will increase the blood flow to the brain, which ensures the brain has plenty of oxygen, as well as nutrients to build new brain cells. A child who has exercised from early childhood will find long-lasting effects on their developing brain. Their memory and capacity to learn will be better, with proper exercise versus being sedentary. Adults need exercise too, as it helps with mental sharpness.
An adult feeling fatigued can exercise to wake up, get the blood flowing, and engaging their brain more in the work they are doing. For a child, proper exercise is not only about engaging the brain and waking it up, it is about developing the brain. Your child’s brain is still growing as they are growing.
There are more areas your child will excel in if they get the proper exercise. Just as adults need exercise for these reasons, so do kids:
Your child will feel less stressed
More prepared and ready to learn in school
Have more confidence
Maintain a proper weight
Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints
Your child’s peer group can be detrimental to your child’s confidence and stress level. Children are great at picking on others, without realizing the damage they are truly doing. Not supplying the proper exercise can create image issues that are constantly joked about by their peers. As children age, this lessens to some degree, but other peer pressures also begin. You want to stop your child from having issues before they start. A healthy child is going to become a smart child because they have the capacity for learning and paying attention. Furthermore, when their activity level increases running out that energy is helpful for your sanity, stress level, and their ability to sleep.
Kids who watch TV, versus going out and playing and running tend to gain weight, lose confidence, and let their brain decrease in activity.
It is important for you to set limits.
Set an amount of time your children can watch TV, play a video game, be on a tablet or computer.
Ask your children to go outside for an hour of play. Chances are they are going to be busy running around, inventing games, and playing tag to know when it has been an hour.
Parents need to set a good example. You should provide an hour of exercise for yourself, and get your children involved.
Help your child find a sport or activity they like, such as walking, biking, dancing, bowling, yoga, swimming, and other activities that use the entire body.
Exercise can be done in play, but it can also be geared towards a specific activity. Running around, hiking, climbing rocks, bike riding, and physical activities are also considered play activities for your children. However, you also can turn it into a regime that is also stimulating exercise.
After dinner and the dishes are done, take your child for a walk. Spend at least 30 minutes on this walk. If you live in the city, point out certain buildings, shapes, or birds. Discuss something about it. For those who live in the country, mountains, or by the sea, educate your child on nature. Find bugs, small animals, trees, bushes, or something else that you can give “fun facts” about.
If you have a favorite sport, bring your child along. Sign your child up for a dance class with you or enroll them in swim lessons, while you swim your laps. For those who like yoga, tai chi, or martial arts, practice with your kids. Let them watch the videos and emulate the moves like you are doing.
If you show them it is fun and it is an activity with you, then your child is going to want to exercise. As your children age, let them do more exercises on their own. For example, a ten-year-old understands the danger. They have gained self-control and responsibilities. It is time to let them be safe, but enjoy certain activities. If you live in the mountains, where you have some easy to climb rocks, ones that don’t require rock climbing equipment, let your child go out alone. Let them explore.
You don’t have to be out of earshot or not paying attention. You can go with them or be somewhere they can call out if they scrape a knee. You can also set a timer to check on your children and make sure all is well. But, you should allow your children to explore their independence and make decisions based on possible danger. It will help build their confidence, as well as offer a way for your child to explore their backyard and have fun, while exercising.