It is so easy for children to be sedentary in today's world. The Internet, television, social media, cell phones, and other factors contribute to this big issue. But, we can't let this happen.
Below are many of the often overlooked tremendous benefits of children being physically active. We like to say physical activity keeps kids healthy today...and prepares them for being active, fit and healthy...for LIFE!
Let's not forget another huge benefit when we get our children active -- better academic performance. This is why PHIT America is getting children to move -- creating more PHIT KIDS who are healthier & smarter.
Getting our children active and physically fit produces tremendous benefits not only for the present but for the future, as well. By introducing children to the benefits of physical activity, they will be active, fit and healthy for the rest of their lives. Below are some of the many benefits.
We found an excellent source for the many benefits of physical activity for children from WebMD. Below is a summary of those benefits. And, check out the WebMD video about how children can stay active.
Staying Healthy: Exercise can make it less likely that you'll get diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and some kinds of cancer. Exercise even boosts your immune system, and that may help you avoid getting sick, too.
Exercise Can Help Your Mind: Because exercise gets your blood flowing, that means more oxygen flows to your brain. And that means you can think better.
We have a whole section of our website dedicated to physical activity and learning. Check it out here.
Look at the many and dramatic benefits of getting children physically active as published in Project Play by the Aspen Institute.
Playing sports or being physically active is great, but there is one thing kids need to develop - PLAY. Check out this web page to learn more.