Importance of Fitness for Children
The importance of exercise for children can't afford to be missed. Children today are now experiencing the lowest activity levels ever. The diet for children is also changing and kids are eating more sugary foods and less likely to conduct the appropriate levels of movement required and necessary for development in basic movement. Without the basic movement abilities children are more prone to suffer from cardio diseases and injuries more early on in life than normal. People often think that we are born with basic movement patterns, this is untrue. As we grow we learn and develop these skills in life it is all part of the growth process.
The human body functions much like a computer, every movement has a pattern which is planned out. The brain makes this plan and tells our body what to do, when we need to do it and how to conduct each movement. As children are missing the basic movement patterns, once a pattern has been logged into the brain is hard to change, sometimes this can result in posture problems later on in life. Every move we make it is essential to get it right, balance, strength, control and movement. Repeating the same move over and over can reset the brains pattern, making it able to change and reset the movement to the correct way, this takes time and effort. It's best for us to engage children in vigorous, fun, exhilarating physical movement games, learning experiences during school, sports and play time.
Remember it's not just up to school to teach our children how they should be living life, the parents play the most important role.