With the coming of every new year, it seems as though a goal of many people is to get fit. Most people assume that to get fit, they will have to participate in very rigorous activity, and that they need to do so in order to feel healthy and be happy. You can actually get in shape and stay in shape by performing your normal, everyday activities in your home. For children, there are many benefits to being physically active that most people never think of. When a child is healthy and fit, they have a greater chance of injury recovery, less risk of serious health problems, and can perform normal activities that they couldn’t do if they were overweight or unhealthy. The earlier you get your children in shape, the better. Continue reading for more benefits of keeping your child healthy and fit.
Like all other muscles, the heart will improve in performance when it is challenged regularly by exercise. As you exercise, your heart responds by getting stronger and more efficient. When you have a strong heart, the risk of heart disease and other health problems involving the heart are prevented. Even in early childhood, having a healthy heart can make a huge difference for the years ahead.
As you work hard during exercise, you are also increasing your lung capacity. The efficiency in which your lungs move air in and out of the body is greatly affected by regular exercise. As you exercise, your body draws in more oxygen and expels more carbon dioxide and other waste gases. With regular exercise, you are preventing the decline in the oxygen intake that usually occurs with inactivity or age.
Similar to how your muscles get stronger when they are physically stressed, your bones also respond to stress by getting stronger. The more that your body becomes accustomed to exercise, the quicker any injury recovery will be. Exercise also prevents osteoporosis which causes the bones to weaken and become fragile and porous. You don’t want to have to live your life constantly being worried about your bones. Regular exercise can make all the difference when it comes to living a full and healthy life.