Why Exercise is Not Just for the Summer

It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, exercise or physical activity is important for our young children. Our kids shouldn’t only be allowed to go outside and play sports during the summer. Physical activity is as important during school days as it is in the summer. Active play shouldn’t stop only because school is starting. As a matter of fact, physical activity is essential for healthy and productive students of all age groups. Incorporating it into the school day makes kids more attentive, better behaved, and superior academic performers.

Exercise is necessary for all age groups. Pre-schoolers need it for healthy growth and development as it builds strong bones and muscles, even decrease the likelihood of developing obesity and risk factors for diseases like type 2 diabetes.

Gymnast Physical Activity

For our energetic kids in elementary school, physical activities are an outlet for the kids’ excess energy. Once these excess energies are released, our kids would be able to stay focused in the classroom. According to American Journal of Public Health, elementary school girls who participated in physical education had better math and reading scores than girls who spent less time in PE.

Lastly, for older children, daily exercise could help increase brain function as it improves concentration, memory and classroom behavior.

Now that we know why physical movement is important for our children, it is important to know just how much of it they actually need. As is the famous saying, anything less or too much is not good.

Physical Activity - Soccer - Football

According to the Center for Disease Control’s Division of Community Health, it is recommended that our children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, mostly just moderate to vigorous aerobic activity like biking, walking, running, dancing. To make it more fun, kids can try tag, soccer and basketball.

Bone-strengthening and muscle-stengthening activities like gymnastics, push-ups, pull-ups, weight-lifting, hopping, skipping and running are also recommended by CDC to take place three days of the week, 60 minutes each.

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