Physical activity at early ages is of great importance, in the physical, cognitive and social aspects.
Usually, many children tend to be more active than their own parents, and they even have a lot more energy during the day. However, there are cases where the child is under-active and lethargic. But remember, just like adults, children also need daily exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Most people consider physical exercise as a way to stay fit and take care of their health. They tend to ignore these aspects when they think of children. However, almost all children need at least one hour of physical activity each day, so that they can develop properly for their age.
The practice of physical activity and sports at early ages is of great importance. This helps in their physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. Through movement ad motor games, they get new experiences and stimulation in all these domains.
Benefits of physical exercise in children— Believe it or not, children also face stress. This can either be in the form of school assignments, friends, family and peers, or games and sports. However, they are better at coping with stress than adults.
Physical activity in general, whether in the form of sports, dance, walking, running or riding a bicycle, can help them feel more relaxed. It can even boost their self confidence and self esteem.
Development:— Physical education and sports promote healthy growth and development. By moving, the child masters more and more motor skills, working and building his muscles. He develops his strength, his power, and his endurance. Regular stretching exercises also increase flexibility. Finally, physical activity is a good opportunity for the child to improve coordination as well as posture, agility, and balance.
The weight:— Physical activity is a good way to increase calorie expenditure. Moving can reduce the risk of being overweight or obese. This is especially important as individuals who are obese in childhood are more likely to be obese as adults; which comes alongside several severe health issues.
Bones:— Activities that require children to support their weight, such as when they climb monkey bars, or perform exercises that require them to jump can increase bone density and therefore resistance. This type of activity would also improve the internal organization of bones, which would make them stronger. Hence, physical play has favorable effects on the growth process because exercise provides stimulating factors on the bone and muscle tissues.
Emotional health:— Active children have a better self-esteem, trust and a better image of their body. Physical activity also helps reduce stress as well as symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Socialization:— At a social level, the child will learn to interact with others, learn leadership, and at the same time learn to assume different roles. Children learn to understand how to establish norms, live situations with new feelings, understanding, challenges and their possible successes or failures. It can be said that physical activity helps the child form psychically and socially.
Academic achievement:— Physical activity can improve outcomes at school for several reasons. First, sports need to memorize rules and sequences of movements or make quick decisions. In addition, moving would activate certain areas of the brain and increase the blood flow. In addition, the confidence and relaxation that physical activity provides would stimulate the child’s intellectual abilities. Finally, active youth would behave better and develop a greater sense of belonging to their school. All of these factors would help the child function better in school.
How to do it?— Physical activity can take different forms in a child’s life. There are of course organized sports, like soccer, karate, hockey, gymnastics or swimming. Family activities are other great opportunities to get out there: outings to the park, the pool or the playground, walks, hikes, throwing the ball before dinner or putting music and dancing in the living room.
Role of Elementary School— Keeping in view the importance and benefits of physical activities and sports, physical education classes should be compulsory in primary classes to make the child develop the tools take care of his health and stay active.
At Kinder Academy— We emphasis on the importance of physical exercise as an active regime in our philosophy and our belief system. We encourage all our students from 2 – 6 years of age to exercise, practice and develop their motor skills, fine motor skills, grow muscle which helps make them internally stronger.
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