It’s no secret nowadays that many children don’t get as much exercise as they should. As parents, we will jokingly refer to the time when they were young for the purposes of illustrating how lucky their kids are in having the latest Xbox or PlayStation games, but there is a more serious aspect to this. Sedentary hobbies such as videogames or the internet have had a negative impact on the levels of children’s exercise undertaken today. Parents are, quite rightly, becoming more concerned, and are increasingly seeking professional advice about what children’s exercise programmes are available to inspire their kids to become more active.
It’s important that we do not confuse the term ‘exercise’ with that of ‘working out’. In fact, some evidence suggests that a vigorous weight training programme can be detrimental to a child’s physical development. Rather than a gruelling session at the gym, children’s exercise programs should focus on how fun it can be to stay fit. This could mean that your child gets involved in team sports such as football or netball, or participate in an activity that the whole family can enjoy.
As well as keeping your kids in shape, correctly devised children’s exercise programmes can have other positive effects. For example, the chance of developing diabetes is greatly reduced, cholesterol and blood pressure levels are kept within safe tolerances and developing bones become stronger. There are also positive mental aspects to children’s exercise. As with adults, regular physical activity can help decrease depression and anxiety, and ensure a good night’s sleep. This is vital if your child is to focus on their studies at school. It can also increase their confidence and decrease the chances of your child developing any negative feelings about their body image.
Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of children’s exercise programs to suit your child.