By age 18, kids have developed 90% of their lifetime bone mass. Participation in weight-bearing activities can develop strong, healthy bones. having stronger bones can help to decrease the risk sports related injuries and produce benefits that last into early adult hood.
The number and size of adipocytes (fat cells) are set during childhood. Exercise during childhood aids in controlling the number of adipocytes that are formed consequently helping to prevent a lifelong battle with obesity.
A study conducted by researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have indicated that children who participate in physical activity are likely to have better self-esteem and self-efficacy.
Developing metabolic fitness allows the body to optimally convert food nutrients into energy. Studies show metabolic problems that are now epidemic in adults -obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes- begin during early childhood.
Exercise during growth contributes to a better developed functional capacity and can enhance neural and musculoskeletal development.
The CDC states, “…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. These include enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behavior.” – See more.
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