10 reasons why exercise is important and why it works:

Kids who exercise are more likely to continue exercising as adults.

Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones, and joints.

Exercise aids in the development of interpersonal skills—this is especially true during participation in team sports.

Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep.

Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance.

Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and a better self-image.

Participating in regular physical activity may prevent the development of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and tend to have a better overall mood.

Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.

Here is how exercise works:

Exercise makes your heart happy. Your heart is a muscle. It’s the engine of the human body as it pumps blood to the entire body. Kids can help their heart become stronger through aerobic exercise. When you give your heart an aerobic workout on a regular basis, it will function at peak efficiency.

Exercise makes all muscles stronger. There are seven primal movement patterns we perform on a daily basis: squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, twisting, bending, and walking/running/jumping. At the core of it all, exercise is all about movement. It’s important to teach kids how to live and move in their own bodies, therefore, the primary goal is to teach kids how to move optimally. The more we move, the stronger we become; we have an increased awareness of our body in space (proprioception) and practice makes perfect. Proper movement means less injuries and increased efficiency.

Exercise is cool because It makes you feel good, it makes your heart happy, it makes you stronger and more flexible, and lastly, it builds character.

Now that you understand the how and the why, it’s time to think about how you can help your kids live a healthier and happier lifestyle. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities.