Currently, children and young people are increasingly getting immersed in video games and other technological devices and this lockdown is not making things any better due to the restricted movements. The post today will highlight some health benefits of physical exercise in learning.
Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle will affect the health, wellbeing and learning process of our kids. We all know exercising is good; however, we sometimes might ignore the broad benefits that this activity provides on the mental and academic learning process of our kids.
1. It improves our kids health and wellbeing. For example, it increases growth, improves posture and muscle tone. On the other hand, it produces substances in the brain (serotonin) that uplift mood.
2. It stimulates motor development, coordination, and body control. These skills benefit the learning process by facilitating correct seating at the desk hence kids will be able to write properly
3. It increases the quality of sleep and mental health. A well-rested and exercised brain learns better!
4. Strengthens social and emotional skills. For example, it will benefits communication, conflict resolution and helps to overcome shyness in our kids.
5. Strengthens impulse control and tolerance for frustration. It allows kids to relate to their peers and opponents, and the understanding that victory and defeat are important life lessons.
6. Increases the working memory and the attention-concentration process of kids.
7. Power the creation and internalisation of habits.
8. Reinforce the values of responsibility, commitment, and collaboration. Kids who acquire an exercise routine and are passionate about the activity tend to organise their time better to fulfil school and home responsibilities.
9. Encourage hygiene and personal care. A young person who has been exposed to physical activity from an early age is prone to develop better and healthy eating habits, thereby decreasing the exposure to risky behaviours, such as drug use.
10. It stimulates the imagination, creativity and decision making processes. Children will learn quickly and correctly to solve and correct situations that constantly appear in life.
In the process of searching for a beneficial sport for our children, it is important to take several aspects into account. Group sports such as rugby and football can be more challenging as it involves the interaction with other team members. The coach’s directions may be dispersed when addressing multiple members.
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However, these sports are a good opportunity for your child to participate with other children of his/her age, learn positive habits, improve in following instructions and socialise better. Physical exercise is a great opportunity for our kids to help channel their high energy levels too.
More individualised activities, such as dancing, martial arts, swimming, or athletics, are generally advantageous as they are characterised by having more direct contact with the coach who can act as a role model. This is ideal for kids who are too shy or have difficulties interacting with others.
It is essential to consider the characteristics and interests of each child or youth when choosing the physical activity to perform. We should not force them to do a sport in which they are not comfortable. Always remember to celebrate their achievements to boost confidence.