Exercising can help your child reduce their stress and anxiety. Encouraging your children to be active, engage in sports, and go outside to get some fresh air. You will notice that their self-esteem will gradually increase and that they will become more proud of themselves. Exercising will help your child maintain a healthier lifestyle, avoid smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs. It can also help improve their academic performance. They will also sleep better and will become more physically fit.
In order to maintain an active life-style, the World Health Organization advises at least one hour of moderate to high intensity daily exercises. These activities should include aerobic exercises and should be practiced at least three times of week. It is also beneficial to include types of exercise that strengthen muscles and bones. If your child already enjoys playing a sport, help them maintain that activity and encourage them to exercise several times a week. Usually, practicing a specific sport regularly often includes these two types of exercises.
Building stamina and endurance with aerobic exercise does not have to be intense and exhausting. There are different forms of exercise that will allow your child to improve their stamina. They can simply walk 30 minutes on their way to and from school. Cycling there and back could also be an option. If walking and biking are too easy they could jog. If they like to swim they can do laps at the swimming pool and try various styles. If they have access to a park or mountain, they can ski in the winter and try more challenging trails when they feel ready.
To strengthen muscles and work on stability, your child doesn’t necessarily have to go to the gym. Simply carrying their school bag or grocery bags are muscle strengthening exercises. They could also easily do push-ups and crunches at home.