With shockingly only 1 in 10 young Australians meeting the current recommendation of 60 minutes exercising a day, something needs to be done.
There is a multitude of benefits from exercising, including:
- A decreased risk of obesity and chronic diseases in later life.
- Improves self-esteem and helps with body image positivity.
- A chance to socialise and learn to work together with others.
- Staying away from screens promotes good mental health.
- Enhances school performance, especially in math and reading.
- More exposure to vitamin D, helping with bone growth and improving immunity.
Find out more about the benefits exercise can have for kids here.
Finding an activity that interests your child is essential as that will be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful attempt to get them more active.
Examples of fun sports to try are climbing, gymnastics, ice skating, trampolining, and boxing. However, these activities are not always affordable, so try running, dog walking or even taking part in one of the hundreds of home workouts available on YouTube.
Only 1 in 10 children are hitting the recommended goal of 1 hour exercising a day. Here are reasons why being active is important and ways to get started.
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