How exercise helps children’s physical development
1. Develops muscle strength
Muscle strength helps to reduce children's risk of injury. Lifting things, including their own body weight, keeps them healthy and limber, so they feel well and function optimally.
2. Improves cardiovascular capacity
Moving vigorously cultivates a healthy heart and lungs.
3. Keeps bones strong
The crucial time to build bones starts before the teen years and lasts until the mid-20s, which is when bones grow to their maximum thickness.
4. Decreases body fat
Aerobic activity and strength training help children expend energy (calories), which helps them with weight control and positive body fat distribution.
5. Maintains a steady, healthy weight
Movement and a healthy diet, combined with reducing sedentary behaviors like watching TV and playing computer games help to maintain a healthy weight.
6. Enhances self-esteem
As children exercise, their strength increases and so does their self-esteem. They gain confidence and become more comfortable in their own skin.