Morning Fitness for your child
= Improved Academics + More
Your child can score better on tests and improve problem solving skills with a boost to his or her morning – with exercise! Fourteen studies, ranging in participants from 50 children to 10,000, ages 6-18, showed that the more physically active children are, the better they perform academically. Math and reading scores showed significant improvement in several of the studies, and overall, students became better at figuring things out.
Bahamians are Heavy
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) reported in 2016, unfortunately, that nearly 70% of the Bahamian population is overweight, with over half of the children overweight. The sad part is that they will endure typical “adult-only” diseases much earlier in their lives than expected. Too many children in today’s society suffer from pre-diabetes and diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, with the potential for osteoporosis, heart disease, and immune deficiency illnesses.
There is hope, however. Regular exercise and losing that weight can change their outcomes. Children need at least 30 minutes of activity a day, and when overweight, 60 minutes is recommended. When it becomes part of a regular routine, and weight is lost, disease can be reversed, academics improved, and you have a happier child. Exercise is not something to be done only once a week, as is offered in most schools in The Bahamas, but should be a daily pursuit.
More than Academic Benefits of Morning Fitness Activity
The benefits of morning exercise are so dramatic, that you will thank yourself for engaging in regular physical activity with your child. Here are a few:
- After exercise, your child’s brain is more focused, with increased mental clarity for four to 10 hours. This makes learning much more memorable, practical and effective.
- Your child’s metabolic rate is increased during morning exercise, which means he or she burns more calories during the day, taking off extra pounds while he or she is sitting in class, attentive, and listening to the teacher.
- Feel-good endorphins created during physical activity will put your child in a better mood, which is good for socialization at school.
- Exercising in the morning is more habit-forming because there are fewer distractions. Favorite TV shows or playing video games after school can be much more attractive than going to the gym with Mom and/or Dad.
- Sleep is so important in a child’s life! It helps connect those neurons in the brain so that the child can perform better academically. Exercise from the morning will be felt at the end of the day, and instead of revving up the body before bedtime, the child is able to go to sleep easily and get a better night’s sleep.
Change your Morning Tune
Not only is morning exercise good for your children, it’s good for you too. All the benefits above apply to adults, and in the case of academic benefits, you can be more focused and productive at work. Enrolling your children (along with yourself) into a regular exercise program is a gift you will give to them that will last the rest of their lives. As they become adults, they will thank you for it.
Why Work Out as a Family?
With childhood obesity on the rise, and people living much more sedentary lifestyles, family exercise has taken a backseat to the attractions of handheld electronics, television programs, and the computer. The aforementioned attractions also involve much more individualistic pursuits, rather than doing activities together as a family. What better way to break the unhealthy lifestyle […]