Active Children - Win

Nov 15, 2023

 by Brian Saunders

Physical activity, including running, is essential for the overall health and development of young children. Here are several reasons why running and other forms of physical activity are important for kids:

  1. Physical Health:

    • Cardiovascular Health: Running helps improve cardiovascular fitness by strengthening the heart and lungs.
    • Muscle Development: Running engages various muscle groups, promoting overall muscle development and strength.
    • Bone Health: Weight-bearing activities like running contribute to the development of strong and healthy bones.
  2. Motor Skills Development:

    • Coordination: Running helps children develop coordination and balance.
    • Gross Motor Skills: Running, jumping, and playing contribute to the development of gross motor skills, which are crucial for everyday activities.
  3. Weight Management:

    • Regular physical activity, including running, helps prevent and manage childhood obesity by burning calories and promoting a healthy weight.
  4. Social Development:

    • Running often involves playing with other children, promoting social interaction, teamwork, and cooperation.
    • Team sports and group activities encourage the development of social skills, such as communication and sharing.
  5. Cognitive Benefits:

    • Physical activity has been linked to improved cognitive function, including better attention, memory, and problem-solving skills.
    • Running and other forms of exercise have been associated with enhanced academic performance.
  6. Emotional Well-Being:

    • Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that promote a positive mood and reduce stress.
    • Running can be a fun and enjoyable activity, contributing to a child's overall sense of well-being.
  7. Establishing Healthy Habits:

    • Encouraging physical activity from a young age helps establish lifelong habits of staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  8. Sleep Quality:

    • Regular physical activity, including running, can contribute to better sleep quality, which is crucial for a child's overall health and development.
  9. Athletic Development:
 At 11athletics we have programs such as YPA (Youth Performance Academy) available for your athletes ages 8 to 12.  For older teens, 13 and up, we offer small group training.
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