Physical fitness is great for the mind, body and soul. It not only keeps you fit, but it also equips you to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your life.
- Why is it so important?
- Why should you start it from an early age?
How to Get Started!
It is very important to encourage and maintain physical activity from an early age beginning in adolescence. By doing so, you’ll ensure that health is a priority from the very beginning!
- Healthy Habits
It takes a bit of time and self-motivation for something to become a habit. Many individuals have stated that it takes twenty-one times of repeatedly doing something before it feels natural and unforced. Setting up children for success when it comes to healthy habits should begin as early as possible. Encouraging them to exercise with you, take a walk with dad, ride bikes in the park with an aunt or uncle sets the precedent of positive physical activity. What kids learn in childhood oftentimes follows them into adulthood. So, healthy eating, exercising, and taking care of their bodies should be a top priority for parents. As children grow, the importance of fitness will be a focal point for them, naturally.
- Strong Bones and Powerful Muscles
The human body is an amazing machine. It allows us to perform activities, attend to things we enjoy doing, and be involved in fun activities with the ones we love. Exercise is so important for our youth, to keep their muscles and bones healthy and fit, but to also encourage life-long attention to keeping their bodies in tip-top shape.
Encouraging our youth to perform exercises that include all the muscles of the body is so important. If a child begins exercising at an early age, the chances of experiencing an injury if/when they begin group sports will be greatly reduced.
- Disease Prevention
With the ever increasing issue of obesity in this country, staying active is incredibly important. Failing to do so could eventually lead to diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, degenerative joint disease and even cancer. If an individual is obese, their chances of developing these diseases increase significantly. A healthy lifestyle can decrease these risks, as well as many other medical issues. Good eating habits and regular exercise can significantly decrease the chances of encountering these diseases.
- Good Sleeping Habits Are Made
Good sleep habits are a fundamental part of staying healthy. The pattern of sleep improves if children begin to exercise regularly from an early age. Studies have shown that exercise has a direct relation and impact on the sleeping quality and pattern. Healthy sleep patterns can also encourage better focus skills when it comes to schoolwork, sports, and other life activities.
- Clarity Over Stress
Physical activity can greatly affect the overall mood of individuals, especially young children. Participating in physical activity decreases stress significantly. This is proven in both adults and in adolescents. Encouraging some type of involvement in daily physical activity is a positive and welcome piece to any lifestyle to keep you fit, focused and forward thinking.