Health and sports: children

Health Sports & Children by Kristen McCrow

Above is a video I found of a school that is promoting different physical activity in the child's life. They also promote healthy eating habits.

Physical activity is a necessity to keep health maintained in one’s life. The lack of physical activity is one of the reasons for the increase of childhood obesity. In sports, childhood involvement is one of the strongest predictors of adult health and well being. The percentage of overweight kids and teens has doubled in the last 30 years, partly due to kids becoming more sedentary, and sitting around a lot more, enjoying our advancements in technology. Instead they should be spending part of that time playing out side or at indoor sports, instead of playing video games, or sitting in front of the computer emailing friends.

I grew up with a normal healthy life style with moderate physical activity between the ages of 5-13. I played out side, played neighborhood games. But I did not join any sports teams while I was young. I eventually got into some sports in junior high and high school, but I began to notice that my friends who started to play sports when they where 5-6 years old had more of an athletic body, and more drive to do well. While children are growing it is good to keep them active and one good structured way to do so is through sports teams. Keeping a child's body active while they are still in the process of growing, trains their body and mind to stay active. People who were constantly active in sports lead in adopting an active lifestyle as adults. Not only does the physical activity in childhood and adolescence help maintain normal body weight, it also helps reduce the risk of adult health problems that one might come across later in life, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

There are different kinds of activity

Benefits of kids who are physically involved in sports and physical activity
* stronger mucles and bones
* a leaner body, since exercise helps maintain metabolism
* the likelihood of bcoming overweight is less
* lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
* better outlook on life - including better attitude towards work, school, ambitions
* sports give kids interaction with other positive kids
* children who are involved in structured teams also are structural through their schooling
* less likely to get involved with drugs and alcohol
* kids sleep better
* emotional and physical challenges are easier to handle

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