Kids and Teens Fitness : Exercising Body and Mind
The physical benefits of exercise—improving physical condition and fighting disease—have long been established, and doctors always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress and anxiety. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function, which is very important for children and youth. This can be especially helpful when anxiety depletes their energy and ability to concentrate at school, or during home study time.
When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins, which is why a workout of moderate intensity makes you feel energised and healthy.
Regular participation in exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension and anxiety, elevate and stabilise mood, improve sleep and self-esteem.
Kids physical activity also promotes:
- Healthy growth and development
- Improved self-esteem
- Stronger bones, muscles and joints
- Great posture and balance
- A stronger heart
- A healthier weight range
- Social interaction with friends
- Learning new skills while having fun
- Better focus and concentration during school and home work