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Benefits of physical activities for children

Written by Chantal Nerima


Aerobic activities such as running, cycling, swimming, and dancing help strengthen the heart muscle and improve its efficiency. They also increase cardiac output, allowing the heart to pump oxygen-rich blood more effectively throughout the body.

Weight-bearing exercises, such as running, jumping, and resistance training, help stimulate bone tissue growth and increase bone density.



Activities involving body movements challenge children to coordinate their muscles and movements effectively, promoting the development of neuromuscular connections and enhancing overall motor skills.



Exercise promotes positive mental health and emotional well-being. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones, which reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression.


Activities for children to try

● Active play: This involves unstructured playtime, such as running, jumping, climbing, and playing tag.

● Cycling: Riding a bicycle is a fun activity that helps improve cardiovascular fitness, leg strength, and coordination.

● Dancing: Dancing is an excellent way for children to express themselves creatively while improving cardiovascular endurance, coordination, and flexibility.

● Skipping rope: It’s a simple and effective exercise that improves cardiovascular fitness, coordination, and rhythm.

● Playground activities: Common playground equipment such as swings, slides, and climbing frames engage various muscle groups and improve balance and coordination.

● Yoga: Children can try age-appropriate in-person yoga classes or online resources. Yoga can enhance flexibility, balance, and mindfulness.

● Sports: Organised sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, or martial arts can promote physical fitness, teamwork, and skill development.


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