The second part of our blog to understand the importance of playing sports as a child looks at the physical health benefits of being active. In part one we saw some of the psychological advantages of playing team games and being active to a child and we continue our study in this blog.

Physical Health

Children need daily exercise for many health reasons, and it is especially important that they learn this at an early age. When a child gets involved with regular physical activity, they build up strength and at the same time enhance their immune system through endurance. This helps to stave off sickness and keep them fit and healthy. Regular sport also builds up muscles and is good for bone development, and the side effect of all this activity is that it will reduce the chances of becoming obese. Children can be very harsh to each other and it is well known that overweight kids are often ridiculed at school. By keeping fit and healthy kids fit in with their peers far more easily and this can reflect on their academic performances also.

School Statistics

A recent study in Australia by the Australian Bureau of Statistics produced data that seemed to confirm other student related information gathered from around the world. It stated that only six out of ten children between five and fifteen participate in sports outside school. This highlights the importance of sports in schools, and why kids should undergo an active and organized sports program whilst they are at school. The survey went on to determine that a quarter of children in the same age group are clinically obese.

Children that regularly play sports dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, including osteoporosis. By being involved in school sports, kids can also reduce emotional problems. The main premise of the study was that habits are formed early in life and suggests that children that are active and play sports at an early age are more likely to continue this sort of activity into their adulthood.

Reducing Inactivity

When you try to force somebody to do something against their will it is natural that they will rally against it. Children are exactly the same, trying to force them to be active in sports may be really a deterrent. Reducing inactivity may be the key when trying to get such children into a healthy lifestyle rather than pressure. It is a bit like a carrot rather than the stick. And taking the appropriate steps to reduce youngsters sedentary time is just as important than forcing them to lace up a pair of running shoes. By reducing the amount of time children spend either watching TV, playing games on their phones or computers, will force them into a more physical lifestyle.

Health professionals have cited that young people should engage in at least sixty minutes of physical exercise a day. Whilst they are at school this is probably easily achievable, but at weekends and school holidays, parents need to step in and organize fun activities that their children will enjoy and benefit from. Children are most impressionable in their youth, so it is vital that it is then that they are introduced to playing sports.