As winter draws ever closer, many sporting activities begin to take a backseat, particularly for younger children who usually participate outdoors. However, with the season of bugs and colds upon us this is actually the time we should be encouraging kids to increase their physical activity.
Live Active Leisure offer a whole host of instructed classes for kids aged from 18 months to Primary 7 and this great prize will see one lucky child win a full block of their choice of sporting activity (subject to availability) - choose from football, cricket, rugby, dance and multi sports
TOP TEN REASONS FOR KEEPING YOUR KID ACTIVE!
(All of this, and it's great fun!)
- Physical activity develops children’s self-esteem and confidence as they learn how to overcome challenging situations and further develop social skills such as leadership and empathy.
- Exercise increases the blood flow to all body tissues, including the brain which means better concentration levels both in school and out of it.
- Active children improve their body’s ability to absorb oxygen through aerobic exercise. Due to the increased oxygen in their body’s cells they feel more energised.
- Active children breathe better and sweat more. Breathing and sweating are great ways to detoxify the body and help it keep “clean.”
- Exercise enhances the brain’s metabolism and studies show that active children have improved memory as a result of better brain function.
- Moderate, fun-oriented exercise increases all of those beneficial hormones while at the same time, burning off excess harmful hormones.
- Studies report that exercise decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children. In addition, their quality of sleep is improved.
- Active children have a stronger immune system! The body’s ability to fight disease is improved. Children are less prone to colds, allergies, and diseases.
- As with adults, exercise means a reduction of type 2 diabetes, a lower blood pressure, an improvement of the child’s cholesterol profile and a strengthening of the entire cardiovascular system, including the heart and lungs.
- Active children develop stronger bone structure and muscle structure which will last into adulthood.