You’ve probably heard that exercising is good for you, but did you know it’s even better for kids? Studies show that physical activity can improve memory, boost mental performance and help prevent many diseases later in life. It also builds self-confidence and teaches children how to set goals and achieve them—skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Make them more alert in school.
Working out can help kids stay alert in class.
The best way to ensure your child is getting the most out of their education is to give them the energy they need to pay attention, follow instructions and participate in class. Exercise can do just that!
According to a study published on Medical News Today, exercising can increase focus and reduce ADHD symptoms. While this may seem like it’s not related to staying awake in school, there are many ways that working out helps kids focus during their studies:
- They’re more likely to listen carefully when someone else is speaking because they won’t be distracted by how tired or hungry they feel (or by what’s going on around them).
- Their brains will react quicker with less effort thanks to increased blood flow which brings nutrients necessary for brain activity along with it.
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Build confidence and self-esteem.
You’re ready to be a confident kid. You know that confidence is important, but what makes someone confident? The answer is simple: they believe in themselves and their abilities. Here are some ways to build your confidence:
- Do things you aren’t good at or don’t know how to do. This forces you out of your comfort zone, which will help build your self-esteem by getting used to being uncomfortable sometimes. If there is something that sounds fun but seems too hard for you (like swimming), practice it over and over again until it becomes easier—and soon enough it won’t even seem hard anymore! It’s exactly like learning a new skill—it just takes a lot of practice!
- Be proud of what you have achieved so far; no matter how small it may seem, give yourself credit for all the hard work that went into making those small achievements happen! Remember what it felt like when first starting out? It was probably pretty scary right? But now look at where we are today!”
Help strengthen bones and muscles.
Strength training is an excellent way to build muscle and bone density. Studies show that adults who strength train regularly have more muscle mass than those who do not, which can also boost metabolism and help burn calories (even at rest).
But it’s not just about adults! Children who strength train are less likely to be overweight or obese, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. They’re also less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure later on in life. Strength training can even help prevent injury by increasing bone density in growing children and teens.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle.
This one’s pretty obvious, but it’s also the most important. Exercise is good for you! It keeps your heart healthy and strong, your lungs clean and clear, and even helps with brain development. We often think kids should be working out because it’ll help them become stronger—and that’s true—but there are plenty of other benefits to exercising as a kid that you might not have considered.
Of course, exercise can help improve athletic performance by strengthening muscles and improving coordination. But did you know it can also help improve emotional well-being? In fact, research shows that engaging in moderate physical activity during childhood may be protective against anxiety or depression later in life. This is because regular exercise affects how our brains react to stressors like trauma or trauma-like experiences (think: bullying). And while these studies were done on adults who were already experiencing symptoms of mental illness, the same principle applies to children who participate regularly in organized sports teams: participation will give them an outlet for managing their emotions through physical activity instead of internalizing those feelings as stressors over time.”
Let’s face it: kids are going to be kids, and they need to have fun. But that doesn’t mean you can’t encourage them to be active in other ways as well. Kids who workout tend to make better choices about eating healthy foods and drinking water, which means they will be healthier overall! Visit www.Kanna.Fit/Youth to get started with one of our youth classes!