Why exercise?

Some general facts and figures and why we should all be skipping!

  

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  • Children on average spend nearly 3 hours a day watching TV

  • Very few children and teens, aged 12 to 21 regularly exercise

  • More than 15% of all school children are considered overweight

  • Overweight teens have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults

  • 85% of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are either overweight or obese

  • Sleep apnea occurs in approximately 7% of the children who are obese

 

 

 

 

 

Get the entire family moving

It is generally perceived that participation in all types of physical activity declines dramatically as a child's age increases, so it is important that physical activity be a part of regular family life. Studies have shown that lifestyles learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. If sports and physical activities are a family priority, they will provide children and parents with a strong foundation for a lifetime of health.

 

Benefits to the body

  • builds and maintains healthy bones, joints and musclesinpe0652.jpg
  • controls weight and body fat

  • improves appearance

  • increases muscle strength, endurance and flexibility

  • improves ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well

  • reduces risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease later in life

  • builds and improves athletic skills

  • boosts neurological pathways, improving hand:eye coordination for example

 

Mental Benefits

  • increases enthusiasm and optimism

  • collaboration encourages team work and friendship

  • boosts self-esteem

  • reduced anxiety, tension and depression

 

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