The desire to do the best for your children comes in many forms and one of them is for their wellbeing and development. It is well documented that exercise, particularly outdoor exercise, is beneficial, not only to develop fitness, burn off energy and to reduce screen time but because it also provides demonstrable benefits to the development of the brain.
1. Brain Development
2. Academic Performance
Studies have shown again and again that exercise improves academic performance
. We are designed to be active, not sedentary screen-starers.
Exercise develops us physically and refreshes us mentally and no studies have
ever shown a detrimental effect of exercise on academic performance. (unless of course it completely replaces accedemic tuition) Exercise
was recommended to help my daughter’s dyslexia. She didn’t enjoy energetic
exercise so we added a bit more pep to the things she did enjoy, long walks
with the dogs, swimming and bouncing. We played impromptu games involving more
energy. The dyslexia is still there, but she became happier and less stressed
about it and it is hardly a problem now. And that leads to the next benefit.
3. Mental Health
It is often reported that nowadays children suffer from anxiety and depression more than before.
There are so many pressures on children to perform well, be good,
behave, and be careful that sometimes this gives rise to anxiety. Exercise and
playing sport or team games, or just following a self- directed activity is a
welcome relief and also a release of energy and pent up anxiety. This applies
from early years through to teenage and then adult hood. Don’t you feel
refreshed after some physical activity – even if you felt tired before you
4. Improved Behaviour
Children are naturally full of energy. There is a growing culture of indoor sedentary occupations.
There is no doubt that children who can run around, play actively
without pressure to achieve and enjoy what they are doing are much happier as a
result. Many a parent has reported that the children fight less, are less grumpy
and prone to aggression when they have been denied the TV remote control and the
use of all computer games for a period. After the initial sulks and tantrums
the children said that playing games and amusing themselves was “more fun”.
5. Increased Confidence.
These benefits continue throughout our lives. Even into old age there are noticeable benefits to being active and expending energy. So whilst you are helping your child you are also doing yourself good.
Do you have a favourite activity that you enjoyed as a child, or enjoy now? How do you encourage your children to be active?
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