Today I've been putting together a presentation for early childhood educators on promoting physical activity and outdoor programming. So today's fitness tip is about ALL THE WONDERFUL benefits of physical activity for children, here are just a few! So get outside today!!
Physical activity helps kids:
Maintain a healthy weight
Reduce their risk of feeling stressed or depressed and developing obesity-related illnesses (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol levels)
Build their strength, flexibility, and endurance
Enhance their motor skills, social skills, and brain development
Develop and maintain strong bones
Feel confident about themselves and their bodies as they grow (Reinforce a good self-concept through participation in success oriented tasks)
Increase awareness of the body in space
More and more evidence shows that children who are active tend to have fewer behavioral and disciplinary problems, do better in school, and have longer attention spans in class.