8 Benefits of Physical Fitness for Children

By Matt Johnson - DietsInReview.com

Physical fitness should be a part of everyone's life and it should start with teaching our children at a young age. Most children grow up playing sports and being very active, but they do not recognize the importance of what they're doing. We start teaching them math, reading, and writing at an early age; why not make physical fitness a part of that essential knowledge base?

Benefits of Physical Fitness for Children

1. Reduces the risk of heart disease

2. Helps prevent obesity

3. Increases test scores and work ethic

4. Lowers blood pressure

5. Prevents future life-threatening injuries (Hips, Shoulders, Knees, Back)

6. Improves self-esteem

7. Improves sleep

8. Improves life and over-all well being

Recess and PE classes in school are an important part of that fitness education. Recess has been proven to increase classroom management, alertness, on-task behavior, and reduce fidgeting. How do you feel when you have been stuck in the office all day or in the car on a long road trip? Honestly, likely tired and exhausted. Our kids feel the same way by being cooped up in the classroom all day and that is where the importance of physical education and recess come into play.

Most think of PE as free time and a waste of an hour during the school day. This is not the case at all. Physical education and health classes are vital for human growth, social skills, team work skills, critical issues knowledge, overall health knowledge, and much more.

Take the time to talk to your kids about the reasons fitness is important, how it will help the body and all the proven benefits it has. By teaching them young, we can make a lifelong impact.

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