When we grown-ups think about exercise, we imagine sweating it out at the gym, giving it our best shot on the cross trainer or even lifting weights.
But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. For most kids, it also means fun! Children exercise without even realising it; when they’re playing tag, riding their bikes, or for little ones, running up and down the playgroup hall. But according to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, more and more children are becoming increasingly physically inactive. And the summer holidays – when access to computers, television and gaming stations is more available – is one of the times of year when children may not get as much exercise as they need.
So what are the benefits of exercise for children?
Generally, kids who are active will:
- have stronger bones and muscles
- have a leaner body
- be less likely to develop obesity
- be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
- have lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
- have a more positive outlook on life
As well as the physical benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit tend to sleep better and may be better able to deal with physical and emotional challenges.
The Three Factors of Fitness
If you’ve ever watched your kids play in the playground, you will have seen the three main elements of fitness in action. These are:
- running away when playing chase or tag (endurance)
- crossing the monkey bars (strength)
- bending down to tie their shoes (flexibility)
As a parent, you should encourage your children to do a variety of daily activities during the summer holidays so that they can work on all three of elements.
It’s no big revelation that childhood obesity has become a serious problem. But more and more children are developing back pain, too. A big part of these problems is that kids are becoming more sedentary. In other words, they’re spending more time sitting around than ever before!
Many kids and teenagers now spend hours every day in front of a screen (TVs, Smartphones, tablets, and other devices) especially during school holidays.
It’s never too late to encourage your child to become more active. So if your child hasn’t had enough physical exercise during the school summer holidays, change it today!
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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