Physical activity has more than physical benefits, there are numerous mental benefits as well. When you’re in shape, you not only feel better, but you’re reducing numerous illnesses. What benefits does physical activity offer your child? Here are the first five:
1. Strengthens the heart – The heart is a muscle, and like other muscles it improves when it’s regularly challenged by exercise. It becomes stronger and more efficient. By doing so, it can ward off heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
2. Keep arteries and veins clear – When you or your child exercises, you are reducing the amount of harmful cholesterol and fast in the blood stream. This increases the flexibility of the walls of blood vessels and lowers blood pressure and can reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke.
3. Strengthens the lungs – Your lungs are a vital organ. By exercising and working hard, you increase their efficiency in moving air in and out of the body. In turn, more oxygen is drawn into the body and carbon dioxide and other waste released. By exercising regularly, you can prevent the decline in oxygen intake that occurs with inactivity and aging.
4. Reduces blood sugar levels – When you exercise, you trigger muscles to take up more glucose from the bloodstream and use it for energy preventing sugar from accumulating. This helps reduce the risk of diabetes.
5. Controls weight – When a person exercises less, they take in more calories than needed. These unused calories are transformed into fat. By being physically active, a you may create a deficit of calories which in turn lowers the amount of weight gained.