As an active child…alright, a tom boy, it wasn’t difficult for me to stay in shape! In the warmer months my sisters and I would be outside after school (and after homework) until “the whistle” called us in for dinner and then back outside we went until it got dark.
Monkeying (is that a word?) around in the playground, climbing trees, riding our bikes all over the neighbourhood and even digging a hole to China (yup we had all the local kids digging and packing their bags. Boy did we ever get in trouble but it was fun!). In the winter it was all about building snow forts in the front yard and putting our skates on at home and skating to the outdoor Ice Rink at the end of our street. This was in New Brunswick mind you! (photo 1972 Chatham Newbrunswick, my sisters buried me in snow and poured ice over it to freeze……lol)
Times have changed since the late 60’s and early 70’s when I grew up! Too many choices on TV and every child seems to have an iPad or Smartphone. It seems they have forgotten how to be children!
Playing baseball, tag, riding your bike, running up and down stairs, climbing trees, walking, or even swimming – good old fashioned play, it all counts as exercise. Starting your kids on the right path with exercise helps set the stage for them to continue various forms of exercise so that they continue to reap its benefits! Remember, exercise can be fun and no matter what you do your body will benefit: including your lungs, muscles, bones and brain (I’ll tackle the all important brain next time).
Here’s a look at all the ways exercise helps you.
•Lungs and heart: Exercise makes your lungs and heart stronger for increased
energy and endurance. That means you can play, walk, or run longer without feeling tired. So get outside and take your dog for a walk or a run around the park.
•Muscles: Exercise strengthens and lengthens muscles. Become the family arm-wrestling champ. Do the limbo. Take out the garbage. Master the cartwheel.
•Bones: Exercise builds strong bones. That will help you with everything from how tall you stand to your overall strength.
•Reflexes and coordination: Exercise helps with reflexes and coordination. That helps you to catch a ball on the lacrosse field or to land a perfect half-axel when figure skating. Remember, practice helps! Boxing and other Martial Arts are a great way to build coordination and reflexes.
•Weight: Exercise helps you manage your weight. With exercise, you burn the calories you eat in food. If you don’t have extra calories, you won’t have to worry about extra unhealthy weight. Exercise also makes your body stronger and healthier.
Robyn Murrell is the owner of ZHOOSH Fitness Garage, which has classes geared towards Tots, Kids and Youth. Check out Karate Tots and Karate Kids by Tashu Martial Arts Training Center and Kids/Youth Capoeira with Abada Capoeira Vancouver
Contact her at: 778-323-1465 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!