In England, 61.9% of adults and 28% of children aged between 2 and 15 are overweight or obese. People who are overweight have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
Excess weight can also make it more difficult for people to find and keep work, and it can affect self-esteem and mental health.
When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights. But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active.
Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should do at least 60 minutes (one hour) of aerobic activity every day. This should include a mix of:
• moderate-intensity activities: this means your child is working hard enough to raise their heart rate and break a sweat
• vigorous-intensity activities: this means they’re breathing hard and fast, and their heart rate has gone up quite a bit
As part of your child’s 60 or more minutes, they should also do activities that strengthen their muscles and bones.
Here are 10 reasons your child should engage in exercise:
- Kids who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as an adult.
- Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints.
- Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills — this is especially true for participation in team sports.
- Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
- Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance.
- Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and better self-belief.
- Taking part in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension) and promotes health.
- Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood.
- Exercise helps improve motor co-ordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.
So with all this in mind i have put together a exercise programme for children to encourage them into the world of health & fitness from a young age.
These session will have an element of a typical exercise class that most adults are used too,
an enjoyable atmosphere which will encourage your children to be active and energetic whilst having fun and getting fit.
You never know…..they may even give you a run for your money???
“You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great.”