The Importance of Exercise in Childhood
We all know the countless benefits of exercise in adult hood. Lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and some cancers, improved strength, mobility and cardiovascular endurance, decreased blood pressure and cholesterol and improved energy levels and mood – just to name a few! But what exactly does exercise do for our children?
Exercise throughout early stages of life is just as important – if not more so. It has been shown that exercise in children may;
- Promote healthy growth and development.
- Increase performance at school
- Assist fine and gross motor skills to develop
- Help develop coordination and fundamental movement skills.
- Improve sleep
- Assist in weight control
- Increase self-esteem
- Improve posture
- Increase the likelihood of continuing exercise patterns into adulthood.
- Provide opportunities for kids to socialise and make friends.
In addition to all the benefits of exercising in adulthood!
In fact, the National Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that children aged 5-12 participate in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, with three of these days involving exercises that strengthen muscles and bones.
At Chodat Fitness we run a range of classes specially designed just for kids! Our classes are run by a qualified instructor who helps ensure your children are developing correct technique from an early age – and they are lots of fun. Our Kids Fit class is designed to target all different areas of fitness, including strength, cardiovascular fitness, coordination and mobility. A typical class involves a mix of running, body-weight exercises and LOTS of games. Our sprints classes are more sport specific and designed to improve confidence and encourage healthy competition down at the track. Finally, our new S.A.S program is a ten week soccer specific program to improve their performance and skills on the field.