Physical activity in children at a young age benefits both mental and physical health. Many benefits can be experienced immediately, and others are longer term. Frequent bouts of physical activity promote independence and confidence. Physical inactivity, on the other hand, has a number of negative health effects. Physical inactivity has long-term negative effects on children’s physical and mental health. Therefore, early physical activity begins at an early age.
A sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to poor sleep. This affects cognition and memory, which are crucial for brain development. The Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance created report cards that compare the physical activity levels of children around the world, and many lower-income nations have lower scores. Physical activity in babies should start with simple container activities such as jumping on a trampoline. Physical activity in toddlers and young children should progress to 60 minutes of energetic play by age five.
Exercise boosts mental health. Regular physical activity helps children maintain strong bones, muscles, and joints. It also reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. If children take part in an organized sport, they can develop relationships with others. Children can also fall asleep better after a vigorous exercise session. Physical activity at a young age is beneficial for both children and parents. It helps children form strong bonds and learns valuable life skills.