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What you didn’t know about kids and exercise.

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What you didn’t know about kids and exercise.

Roisin Sullivan, BSc(OT), Occupational Therapist, The Kids Coach

We all know the familiar effects of exercising for kids. Much like us adults, there will be sweat, there will be a spike in heart rate and there will be some excess energy being burnt off.

But what about all the less obvious effects of your little ones jumping, running and moving about?

From a developmental perspective, the movements that come from exercising are a great way for your kids to work on their gross motor skills, balance, proprioception, coordination, sequencing and so many more essential developmental skills. It helps to generally teach their little developing brains how their body should be able to move in life.

And that’s just some of the physical benefits.

There’s also some pretty important emotional and behavioural benefits to kids engaging in a bit of sweaty time.  Kids that engage in regular physical activity have a wide range of mental health benefits including better emotional regulation, a better ability to concentrate, increased self esteem and a good sense of achievement (Taylor et al., 1985). Much like us adults, they also get a surge of “feel-good” endorphins after a workout.

With more kids not moving as much as they should be (Hills et al., 2011), it’s really important to make sure kids continue to do some sort of regular exercise to develop them in a well rounded way.

The Kids Coach gives all kids the opportunity to do fun, regular workout and fitness sessions, with super convenient videos for kids aged 2-18 years of age. You can find more about The Kids Coach or get a free trial here.

References:

Hills AP1, Andersen LB, Byrne NM. Physical activity and obesity in children. Br J Sports Med. 2011 Sep;45(11):866-70. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2011-090199.

C B Taylor, J F Sallis, and R Needle. The relation of physical activity and exercise to mental health. Public Health Rep. 1985 Mar-Apr; 100(2): 195–202.

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