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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.