Keeping Kids Active
Anyone who's seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active. As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. Reasons include increasing demands of school, a feeling among some kids that they aren't good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families. And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighbourhood as kids once did. So their opportunities might be limited. Despite these barriers, parents can instil a love of activity and help kids fit it into their everyday routines. Doing so can establish healthy patterns that will last into adulthood.
Benefits of Being Active
When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do. Why? Because regular exercise provides these benefits:
- strong muscles and bones
- weight control
- decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- better sleep
- a better outlook on life
- Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.
- physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.