Benefits of Exercise for Children

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

We all know exercise benefits everyone, but what about children? How do they benefit? How much exercise should they get, and what types of exercises should they perform? This lesson answers those questions.

Exercise for Children

We all know exercise is good for us. It helps to keep obesity at bay. It strengthens our heart. It even helps protect our brain from early aging. What about kids, though? What are the benefits of exercise for them? It turns out, there are many similarities.

Exercise is Good for Children

Let's meet Mikey. Mikey is overweight. He's not very strong, and his doctor keeps mentioning something called diabetes to him and his mom. He's also a bit sad about how he looks and how other kids make fun of him.

One day, Mikey decides to start exercising. He first starts noticing that he's losing weight. Then he begins to feel stronger and faster. He's now one of the best players on the baseball team. He also starts feeling better about himself since he's so much fitter.

Mikey also notices his grades start to improve, and no one makes fun of him anymore for being overweight. He sleeps better at night, and overall feels more relaxed and at ease. He used to be really stressed out about a lot of things but not anymore!

Mikey may not realize it but, his bones are also getting stronger. He is also setting himself up for a healthy future by helping to prevent heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and lots of other health-related problems.

Thus, the benefits of exercise for children are numerous and include:

  • Healthy and strong muscles and bones
  • A reduction in the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
  • An improved sense of self-worth
  • Better grades

Types of Exercises

So what types of exercise did Mikey perform to feel so much better?

He played tag with friends and joined the soccer team to build endurance, which is how long he can exercise for. Better endurance means he has a healthier heart and muscles and is able to exercise for longer. He also used the monkey bars to build up his strength. Mikey also stretched before every game to ensure his flexibility was top-notch.

After school he ran every other day or rode the bike. He even practiced yoga with his mom and learned to dance with one of the kids at school. Those are all great exercises!

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