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Why Children Need to Exercise, Play and Stay Active during Winter

Winter is a time for Yin activities. It is healthy to be introspective and quiet. However, children need physical activity even during winter. At Círculo De Amigos we believe that exercise is crucial to being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy so we have designated a space for active play, extracurricular activities and exercise in the winter.

Exercising, Playing and Staying Active!

Exercise for babies and children may do far more than improve physical fitness. It may also stimulate brain growth and boost cognitive performance. Physical activity and sports are generally promoted for their positive effect on children’s physical health: regular participation in physical activity in childhood is associated with a decreased cardiovascular risk in youth and adulthood.

Physical activity has beneficial effects on several mental health outcomes, including health-related quality of life and better mood states. In addition, there is a strong belief that regular participation in physical activity is linked to enhancement of brain function and cognition, thereby positively influencing academic performance.

Exercise helps improve kid’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Kids who participate in regular physical activity feel better about themselves.

Exercise stimulates neurogenesis—the birth of new neurons.

Exercise mobilizes the expression of genes that are believed to enhance brain plasticity—i.e., the ability of the brain to change its neural pathways.

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Exercise prevents brain tissue loss in older adults.

Exercise reduces stress. Children who exercise on a regular basis report fewer feelings of anxiety.

Exercise helps kids build strong bones, muscles and joints.

Exercise helps kids maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise fosters good sleep habits. Children who exercise regularly sleep better at night.

Exercise helps the learning process. Kids who exercise on a regular basis feel more ready and able to learn at school.

Exercise is good for your heart. Aerobic exercise helps the heart to work more efficiently.

Exercise increase flexibility. It improves kid’s range of motion and enables them to perform better in sports, martial arts and dance.

Exercise helps to balance your moods. Kids who exercise report being better at keeping feelings of anger under control.

Exercise is fun!!! Endorphins are released when you exercise, making you feel good.

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Active children enjoy additional health benefits, because:

  • Active children improve their body’s ability to absorb oxygen through aerobic exercise. Due to the increased oxygen in their body’s cells they feel more energized. More oxygen translates into more energy!
  • Increased blood flow promotes the body’s transportation of the byproducts of metabolism and toxins back from the cells for elimination, recycling, or further use elsewhere. Children who exercise feel fitter and more energized because of their body’s ability to detoxify.
  • Active children breathe better and sweat more. Breathing and sweating are great ways to detoxify the body and help it keep itself “clean.”
  • Children increase their over-all fitness through exercise
  • Exercise increases the blood flow to all body tissues, including the brain. Greater blood flow transports more oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells.

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