Encouraging movement at a young age is important for several reasons, as it contributes to the overall health and development of children.
Let’s Talk About Some Of The Major Benefits
STRONGER BONES, JOINTS AND LIGAMENTS
Firstly as we know exercise helps children develop stronger bones, muscles, and joints. And by introducing exercises at a younger age they are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
Exercise helps improve motor skills (motor skills are the different ways the body uses muscles to perform specific tasks) such as crawling, walking, running, and playing sports, and more movement and exercise will help develop this.
ENHANCES BRAIN HEALTH
Physical activity can also help improve cognitive function and academic performance. Movement helps stimulate the brain, enhancing memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills. It also boosts creativity and imagination.
LOOKS AFTER MENTAL HEALTH
As we know exercise has positive effects on mental health and now more than ever our children need this. It helps reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Regular movement releases endorphins, which are known as “feel-good” hormones, contributing to a child’s overall emotional well-being.
Children who are active during the day often experience improved sleep patterns, which is essential for their overall health and development.
STRENGTHENS THE HEART
Being active at a young age is a good way to strengthen the cardiovascular system, promoting a healthy heart.
Establishing good cardiovascular health early in life can have long-term benefits.
1: This is a fun family fitness adventure that takes place in a Magical Winter Wonderland and in just 7 minutes you have to find the 7 best gifts of all. This fitness adventure story has a positive message about life and highlights body positivity, health, family, kindness and much more. This workout adventure is easy to follow and all the moves are standing. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
2: Follow along to this enjoyable 5-minute workout with 2 adorable characters called Leo and Star. This has lots of energy and fun moves all of which help boost overall health, improve motor skills, strengthen bones and help with balance. At the end of the workout, Leo and Star then share their favourite health foods to help inspire and educate the kids along the way. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
3: The Treasure Hunt Adventure is a fabulous story that is an interactive storybook that the child follows along to at home and has to try and help find the hidden treasure. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
4: The Magic Seeds Adventure will captivate a child’s imagination in this magical interactive workout story. With all these videos you can create your props at home just like in the video to bring them to life. This story workout works every component of fitness so it helps with brain, heart, bones and muscle health. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
5: The Pirates Adventure – what kid doesn’t love a pirate story this is a fun way to get kids moving along at home on this fun story chasing the pirates. This focuses on so many elements of fitness and is great for balance especially following moves of walking along the plank, to then climbing up the ship’s mast. Imagination is the name of the game with this fun kids’ exercise video.
6: Have a Fun Dance Disco play music and have a spontaneous dance party. Encourage your kids to come up with their dance moves. You can even add a disco ball or colourful lights for extra fun.
7: Balloon Volleyball: Blow up a balloon and use a makeshift net (you can use a string or a piece of tape) to play indoor volleyball. It’s a great way to improve hand-eye coordination and have some active fun.
Remember, the key is to make it enjoyable and not feel like a chore. With a bit of creativity, you can turn your home into a lively, active space that keeps your kids moving and having fun!