Active Children are more likely to mature into physically active adults. Habits are established early in the life, hence it’s importany for us to foster a more sports-minded culture that encourages children to be physically Active.
Some of the many benefits of sports participation for children include :
– reduced risk of obesity
– increased cardiovascular fitness
– healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
– improved coordination and balance
– a greater ability to physically relax and, therefore, avoid the complications of chronic muscular tension (such as headache or back ache)
– improved sleep
– mental health benefits, such as greater confidence
– improved social skills
– improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.
People who are active dramatically reduce their risk of many diseases, including heart disease and osteoporosis. Regular exercise is also known to reduce the risk of emotional problems such as anxiety and depression.
Reducing inactivity may be more effective in achieving overall increases in energy levels in young children than putting the emphasis on increasing involvement in sporting activities. Taking steps to reduce children’s sedentary time is important.
Studies recommend that :
– Children and young people should participate in at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day.
– Children and young people should not spend more than two hours a day using electronic media for entertainment (such as computer games, internet, TV), particularly during daylight hours.
Parents can encourage their children to be physically active in a number of ways, including:
– Lead by example – be physically active yourself.
– Make sure that some family outings offer opportunities for physical activity, such as playing sport together.
– Encourage your child to walk or ride their bicycle for short trips, rather than rely on you to drive them.
– Support your child’s efforts in sport. Make sure you’re there at each match, cheering them on from the sidelines.
– Set time limits on sedentary activities like computer games and television.
– Consult with your child’s school on ways to encourage greater participation in sports and physical activity.