Fitness wins for kids
While it’s true that many children do develop good physical skills on their own through trial-and-error, there are many who do not. For those the consequences can be severe. Bob’s Bootcamp owner Bob Russell tells us why it’s important to get our kids moving!
The responsibility for developing a child’s physical abilities lies first and foremost with the parents. And that’s a big responsibility.
According to Bob, children need to learn to be ‘physically literate’ through different stages in their lives. “Just as parents ensure their children are in learning situations that result in them having the ability to read, write and do mathematics, they must also ensure their children develop physical literacy.
“Perhaps most importantly, physical activity develops children’s self-esteem and confidence. In addition, our adolescent children can develop further social skills such as leadership and empathy.
Learning fundamental movements skills.
Bob says that while children mature and learn at different rates, they all learn fundamental movement skills in the same sequence. “Until a child’s brain is mature enough and their muscle strong enough, they cannot learn a skill – and trying to teach them does little good. The important fact is to provide the child with as many opportunities as possible to explore all possible movements in a safe environment. Lots of simple instruction and practice can help a child to develop confidence that stays for life!”
The long and the short of it
There are so many long and short term benefits of exercise, it’s hard to mention them all. For children in particular though some of the important ones are:
- Exercise increases the blood flow to all body tissues, including the brain. Greater blood flow transports more oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells.
- Active children improve their body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which leaves them feeling more energized.
- Increased blood flow promotes the body’s transportation of the bi-products of metabolism and toxins back from the cells for elimination, recycling, or further use elsewhere. Children who exercise feel fitter and more energized because of their body’s ability to detoxify.
- Active children breathe better and sweat more.
- Exercise enhances the brain’s metabolism. Studies show that active children have improved memory as a result of better brain function.
- Moderate, fun-oriented exercise literally burns off excess harmful hormones and increases the release of beneficial ones.
- Active children have the ability to concentrate much better, even at the end of a long school day.
- Studies report that exercise decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children. In addition, their quality of sleep is improved.