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Why physical activity is good for kids

Posted In Health, Healthy Children, Parenting, Parents, Sports, Toddlers, Young, Your Child - By KidsMug On Sunday, June 30th, 2013 With 0 Comments



Active children typically become active grown-ups. By encouraging your child to be physically active, you’re helping to set up a healthy lifelong habit.

Kids are naturally active

Babies rock their bodies and kick their feet, and toddlers love to move around, dance, climb and jump. Many older kids enjoy organised sports as well as playground games and a bit of rough and tumble.

All of this is not only great fun, and an important part of play and learning, it’s also essential for healthy growth and development.


Benefits of physical activity

Physical activity provides your child with many lasting health benefits, including:

  •     strong bones and muscles
  •     healthy heart, lungs and arteries
  •     improved coordination, balance, posture and flexibility
  •     a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese
  •     a reduced risk of later developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes (type-2 diabetes is increasingly being found in teenagers).

Active kids are also more likely to:

  •     be confident and have enhanced self-esteem
  •     be happy and relaxed
  •     sleep well
  •     concentrate at school
  •     get along with others and make friends easily
  •     share, take turns and cooperate
  •     feel like they belong.




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