If you’ve joined the millions of people who’ve decided to homeschool, including physical activity in your kid’s schedule is just as important as academics. With so many benefits, from maintaining a healthy heart to improving energy levels, regular exercise is important to your child’s well-being.
What is Physical Activity?
Every time you move your body and use energy, you are engaging in physical activity, from mowing the lawn and walking the dog to hiking and playing sports. Whether it’s moderate or vigorous activity, any form of repetitive movement can be beneficial for your health. Obesity can lead to a number of medical conditions, such as diabetes, certain types of cancers, and heart disease. In fact, ASEA reports that one in every three deaths in the United States has cardiovascular disease listed as the underlying cause. Exercise is essential to cardiovascular health and overall wellness. By simply taking 30 minutes out of your day to walk, run, swim, or engage in any other form of physical activity, it helps you burn calories and avoid obesity.
Benefits of Daily Physical Activity
Kids need to develop healthy habits along with improving their academic potential. When you teach your kids the benefits of daily exercise and eating a healthy diet, they’ll learn the importance of making healthy choices as they grow older. From strengthening the heart and cardiovascular system to reducing obesity, improving circulation and energy levels, physical activity is an essential part of your child’s development. Maryville University advises using sports and extracurricular activities to get kids moving while also building social skills at the same time. It also helps to improve self-confidence, leadership skills, and teamwork.
Physical Activity Improves Energy Levels
Physical activity helps to boost your child’s energy levels and alertness, which are beneficial for academic performance. According to this article by Ace Fitness, regular exercise is a natural energy booster because it increases the blood flow throughout your body and promotes circulation. Research studies conducted by the Institute of Medicine have shown that children who exercise often have greater muscle strength and lower body fat as well as improved cognitive abilities and increased focus and attention.
Homeschooling is a great option for parents who are looking to have move involvement in their children’s academic studies. However, it’s important to include physical activity in your weekly schedule. There are a wide variety of activities that can help your child participate in regular exercise, such as playing sports, bicycling, hiking, swimming, or simply spending about 30 minutes at an indoor or outdoor playground.
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