Every person looks at physical activity a little differently. While some take to it like a fish to water, others struggle to work up the energy required to be active. However, the benefits of physical fitness are massive, and this is especially true for kids. Today we’re going to take a look at just a few of the ways kids benefit from physical activity. Keep an eye on this blog for part two of this series in the coming weeks. If you’re looking for a fun and safe place for your kids to be physically active, bring them to Rebounderz Trampoline Park here in Lansdale. Whether they just want to bounce on the trampoline or they want to test their skills on the Ninja Warrior course, we know they’ll enjoy their time exercising here.
As one of the most important parts of our body, the heart needs a little extra love and care to keep us healthy. What many people overlook is that the heart is a muscle, in addition to being a vital organ. Just like other muscles, you can exercise your heart to make it stronger. This is very important for the health of kids and adults alike. When your heart is strong, not only does it improve circulation — more effectively bringing oxygen and nutrients to the parts of our body that need them — it can also help fend off the spectre of heart disease. Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, even in young kids, this isn’t something to be ignored.
-Clear Arteries, Clear Veins
In order for our heart to do its job properly, the circulatory system needs to be in good condition. When we exercise, it reduces the amount of dangerous cholesterol and fats in our blood. Physical activity also makes the walls of our blood vessels more flexible and lowers blood pressure. This also goes a long way toward reducing someone’s risk of heart disease and stroke.
When we work out hard, it increases our lung capacity. With more lung capacity, our body is more efficient in moving air in and out, bringing in more oxygen and expelling more carbon dioxide and other harmful waste gases. Exercising on a regular basis will also help to prevent the reduction of oxygen we take in as we get older or become more sedentary. As you can see, it’s incredibly important for our body to have enough oxygen in order to prosper.
-Reduced Blood Sugar Levels
One of the most common ailments affecting the youth of today is diabetes. While a lot of that is due to our diets, a lack of physical activity causes just as many issues. Working out helps to prevent sugar from building up in our bloodstream, as it will trigger our muscles to consume more glucose from our blood to use for energy. When sugar isn’t able to build up in our blood, we’re less at risk of developing diabetes.
Childhood obesity is on the rise, and a sedentary lifestyle only serves to continue that epidemic. Being sedentary causes us to take in more calories than our body needs to operate, resulting in an accumulation of fat. Physical activity properly burns those calories and the associated fat, helping to maintain a healthy weight. A person at a healthy weight will put less strain on their heart and help to fight against diabetes.
Our bones are the structure that hold our bodies up and allow us to move. Similar to the way muscles become stronger under stress, so too do our bones. Working out increases our bone density, which helps to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis, in which our bones lose density, weaken, and become fragile and porous. When we have a strong structure underneath, it allows us to build on top of it for a more healthy overall body.
That brings us to a close on the first of our series discussing the benefits of physical activity for kids. If you want your child to thrive and lead a healthy lifestyle, establishing a love of physical activity early on will go a long way. Bring them over to Rebounderz Trampoline Park in Lansdale to foster that love of exercise in a fun and safe way.