At Chatsworth Hills Academy, our International Baccalaureate faculty and staff know the importance of your child maintaining an active lifestyle for their cognitive development. Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle in young children is a risk factor for many health problems, such as high blood pressure, weight gain, excess body fat, bad cholesterol, respiratory difficulties, cardiovascular diseases, and bone health problems. Here at CHA, we strive for our young academicians to excel in their studies as much as possible, meaning that proper physical activity is just as important as hitting the books!
The Importance Of Your Child Staying Physically Active
According to the Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development, child obesity is a growing problem all across the globe. In 2005 alone, the number of overweight children under the age of 5 was approximately 20 million! Despite the common assumption that children are naturally physically active, rates of physical activity are extremely low in multiple countries.
Behaviors associated with a sedentary lifestyle are often commonplace in the daily routine of young children, such as watching television, playing video games, or spending an extensive amount of time using social media applications. These activities require little energy expenditure and can contribute to a wide array of long-term health consequences.
Top Benefits Of An Active Lifestyle
The health benefits of physical activity on a child’s growth and development extend beyond physical health alone, as it also impacts fine motor skills, psychological well-being, social competence, and emotional maturity. In contrast, sedentary behaviors are considered to pose a serious threat to a young child’s cognitive development. For instance, preschool children who view a lot of television are likely to experience cognitive difficulties during their school year at Chatsworth Hills Academy, including attention deficits, poor language skills, low academic achievement, and a short memory span. Here are just some of the benefits that physical activity will have on your child:
- Promotes healthy growth and development
- Helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Builds strong bones and muscles
- Improves cardiovascular fitness
- Improves balance, coordination, and strength
- Maintains and develops flexibility
- Improves posture
- Assists with the development of fine motor skills
- Provides the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
- Helps to establish connections between different parts of the brain
- Improves concentration and thinking skills
- Improves confidence and self-esteem
- Relieves stress and promotes relaxation
- Provides opportunities to develop social skills and make new friends
- Improves sleep
Physical Activity Guidelines
For both preschoolers and toddlers, it is recommended that they are given 30 to 60 minutes of structured physical activity daily, which could include playing “Simon Says,” or having children play “Follow the Leader.” When young children participate in guided physical activity each day, they consistently burn calories, start to build muscle, and begin to maintain an active lifestyle.
In addition to daily structured physical activity, at least one hour of a child’s day should be dedicated to unstructured physical activity, which could be swinging on a swing set, or climbing up and down a jungle gym.
Get In Touch With Chatsworth Hills Academy Today!
Chatsworth Hills Academy is dedicated to promoting physical activity for all of our students during the school year, as well as helping parents find simple ways to get their child active more often! By limiting your child’s sedentary time with technology, and being a good role model who’s dedicated to maintaining an active lifestyle with your entire family, your child will begin to develop a daily rhythm where physical activity is something they look forward to. For all of your questions or concerns regarding physical activity and your child’s growth and development, don’t hesitate to contact us today!