Nowadays, children have almost forgotten green parks, clay, craft, and almost many things of the past that used to entertain them and keeping physically active.
Today most of them spend almost all their time sitting in a classroom or front of a digital screen. Like all of us, it is a must for children to keep physically active as they are in a growing stage that demands to be physically fit and active and this is where physical education comes into play.
Physical education along with the part of the academic curriculum should also be given at home to make children aware of its need and importance and to keep them from modern-day gadgets that along with inactiveness also bring a multitude of health risks.
Let’s find out the ten health benefits of being physically active and healthy via proper physical education.
Advantages of Physical Education
Stronger Bones, Muscles, and Flexibility
Apart from all essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, especially B-complex vitamins, Calcium, and Vitamin D, children need to exercise to avoid losing bone density through inactivity as they grow. Childhood is the optimum time for building bones for healthy adulthood.
Jumping rope, crossing the obstacles, dancing, or playing any kind of sports involves using muscles and body coordination, which means kids are making themselves stronger. Increased muscle strength and coordination also protects against injury and maintaining muscle mass and strength in the long run.
Healthy Weight Management
When children exercise, in a way they prevent themselves from getting overweight or obese as they continuously burn unused calories and body fat.
Along with a healthy diet, physical activity, or any sort of exercise plays an important role in controlling body weight and preventing obesity in children. In simple words, to stay fit your child should burn more calories than he or she consumes.
Children with limited physical activity often develop glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, which may lead them to a chronic disease called diabetes.
The benefits of physical education lie in the fact it enables you to move your body which further enhances the body’s ability to manage healthy blood sugar and insulin levels. It can lower your blood sugar levels and help your insulin work optimally.
Children suffering from this disease can very well manage it by being physically active along with a healthy diet.
Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
Being physically active makes your child’s blood vessel walls more flexible and boosts healthy blood pressure levels. For best results, they must combine aerobic exercise with activity to increase strength and flexibility.
A lack of physical activity in children adds to additional stress on their body, mind as well as heart and escalates their risk of cardiovascular disease in the future whereas physical activity makes their hearts able to pump blood more efficiently and improves circulation and raises oxygen levels in the body.
Reduced risk of the Modern age diseases
Exposure to the sun provides kids with essential vitamins known as Vitamin D, which is very essential to keep us healthy and protected from numerous modern age diseases. Studies show that children who exercise regularly have a decreased risk of many types of serious chronic diseases.
Better Emotional and Mental health
Keeping physically fit and exercising enables the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain which helps children feel a greater sense of well-being and helps them to combat depression. Being physically fit also helps them to be more focused and possess a positive self-image.
In short, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and emotional well-being when you stay active or exercise. This further makes you feel more relaxed, stress-free, and sharpen your child’s thinking, learning, and judgment skills.
Children who are physically fit are always loaded with positive energy, physically as well as mentally. Being active improves blood circulation, giving children a much-needed boost of energy throughout the day.
Exercising and physically active means kids are taking in more oxygen and expelling more CO2, increasing lung capacity.
After an active day what your child can accept – A sound and serene sleep.
Improve your child’s overall fitness levels with physical activities filled with fun, delight, and engagement and provide adequate physical education to them so that he can get benefitted from it in the long run.
It’s a disturbing fact that in today’s world fitness levels of children are plummeting and they are more sedentary than ever, childhood obesity levels are at record highs, and electronic gadgets are playing a major negative role in fueling the condition.
As parents, you should be physically active and set examples for your children by encouraging them to play sports and indulge in outdoor activities rather than spending time with digital gadgets.
Be active with friends, family, and especially with your kids and provide them optimum physical education needed for a happy and healthy life.