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8 Reasons to Teach Kids the Benefits of Fitness

Physical fitness should be a part of everyone’s life and I strongly believe that it should be taught at a young age. Most kids grow up playing sports and are very active, but they do not know the importance of what they are doing. We start teaching our kids math, reading, and writing at young ages; why not throw some physical fitness knowledge at them, too?

Students take Physical Education in school, but why stop there? Here is a question for you: Why are kids given recess during grade school? Recess has been proven to increase classroom management, alertness, on-task behavior, and reduce fidgeting. How do you feel when you have been cooped up in an office all day or in the car on a long road trip? Honestly, I would feel tired and exhausted. Well, our kids feel the same way by being cooped up in the classroom all day and that is where the importance of Physical Education and recess come into play.

Most people think of Physical Education as free time and a waste of an hour during the school day. No, no, no; Physical Education and Health classes are vital for human growth, social skills, team work skills, critical issues knowledge, over-all health knowledge, and much more. Again, I feel we are dropping the ball when it comes to fitness and healthy life styles. Take the time to talk to your kids about why fitness is important and how it can help the body and all the proven benefits it has. By teaching em’ young, we can make a difference!!

Benefits of Physical Fitness (Even at a young age)

1. Reduces the risk of heart disease

2. Helps prevent obesity

3. Increases test scores and work ethic

4. Lowers blood pressure

5. Prevents future life-threatening injuries (Hips, Shoulders, Knees, Back)

6. Improves self-esteem

7. Improves sleep

8. Improves life and over-all well being

November 6th, 2008

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3 Responses to “8 Reasons to Teach Kids the Benefits of Fitness”


Blake
Nov 7th, 2008
11:21 am

Great info. I think its important that kids learn the importance of fitness and health from a young age. Like you pointed out, there are great benefits!


Joe Andreula
Nov 12th, 2008
7:45 pm

I began teaching childrens karate classes 11 years ago and have one very important piece of advice.
Focus 90 percent on what the child is doing right and enjoying. Only once in a while should you try to correct them unless of course they are going to injure themselves. Children learn alot better when they think they are good at the activity. This was a very good article. Thank you

Joe Andreula


Matt
Dec 9th, 2008
6:30 pm

Yes, good point!! Try not to force children into being active or playing sports. Do your best to make the activity fun and enjoyable for them. This will set them up for future success!!