This total of 60 minutes doesn’t necessarily need to be all in one go and in a structured environment. It just means that in total, children should be moving their bodies in a moderate to vigorous way for at least an hour to reap the necessary benefits of exercise.
This may seem like a lot, but if you think about the fact that children are awake for at least 12 hours per day, that’s a small percentage of their awake time for active little bodies to be spent moving.
Here are some of the reasons why physical activity is so important for growing bodies:
- It develops strong muscles and bones. A good combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises builds strong and well-functioning muscles, bones and joints.
- It develops a healthy cardiovascular system, strengthening the heart and lungs and improving the body’s ability to use oxygen effectively.
- It builds neural pathways essential for learning readiness. Developing coordination skills, helping the two sides of the brain to communicate with each other, and making connections that set a child up for acquiring language skills, reading skills, writing skills, maths skills and more.
- It prevents diseases that may be caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Learning to understand and enjoy exercise from a young age is crucial in the fight against the growing obesity epidemic.
- It helps children to regulate emotions. The psychological benefits of exercise are just as relevant for children as they are for adults, and according to a study by the British Heart Foundation, ‘children who move more are happier, more confident, and better in school’.
One of the benefits of Fit Kids, is that children are encouraged to practice their new skills at school and at home. One of the many ways we achieve this is by making children feel great about what their bodies are capable of.
We believe that when an activity or exercise boosts self-esteem, a child will seek it out and continue doing it in other areas of their lives. Having an encouraging, positive teacher who makes you feel great about what you’re doing is the key ingredient here. Fit Kids coaches are not only teaching physical skills and providing a weekly platform to practice those skills – our approach means we’re laying the groundwork for a positive relationship with exercise to carry children through their school years and into adulthood.