Importance of exercise for children’s mental health


Do your children get enough exercise? It is important that children get adequate exercise in order to prevent physical health concerns and obesity. However, it is also extremely important for their mental health. It is recommended that children ages six to 17 get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Improving your general physical health by exercising means you are less at risk of developing mental illness? Furthermore, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, regular exercise can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve energy, concentration and sleep.

Here are 5 ways exercise can improve your mental health (According to recent Huffington Post article ~ Read full article here):
1.  Boosts your mood

2.  Keeps your brain sharp

3.  Protects cognitive function long-term

4.  Improves memory

5.  Helps creativity

Children develop their health and exercise patterns early in life. You can help your child develop good habits by practicing these yourself. Do active family activities outside. Enroll kids in a sport, if possible. Encourage them to play outside daily. Make it fun! With adequate exercise, they are improving their physical and mental health.