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The Importance of Sports Education in the Growth of Children



Article by mr Gustu


Physical activity allows children to have a better outlook on life. These activities help them build self-confidence, manage anxiety, and improve self-esteem and cognitive skills. Exercise also helps release endorphins that help relieve stress and improve one’s well-being. 


Various Benefits of Sports for Toddlers and Children


Exercise doesn't require going to the gym like adults do. For children, just exercise by playing and being physically active is enough. For example, mothers could invite their children to dance while listening to music, or to practise kicking and throwing a ball, practice moving objects, and much more. This activity will provide benefits in terms of the growth and development of toddlers and children. Other benefits include:


1. Healthy heart

The heart is a body organ composed of muscles. Like other muscles, heart performance will increase when there is regular stimulation through exercise. Strengthening the heart muscle can help protect this important organ from various serious health problems, even in childhood.


2. Optimise the work of the lung organs

Another benefit of exercise is that it helps increase lung capacity and its efficiency in moving air in and out of the body. This causes more oxygen to be drawn into the body and more carbon dioxide and other waste gases to be released.


3. Control body weight

Toddlers and children who are physically active will experience reduced calories which eliminate fat and reduce weight. Ideal body weight is good for heart health and protects against the risk of obesity and early diabetes in toddlers and children.



4. Strengthens bones

Mothers need to know that adults begin to lose bone mass in their 20s. However, those who exercise regularly, and even get used to being physically active from an early age, will have better bone density. Exercising can help prevent osteoporosis, a condition when bones lose density, weaken, become porous and brittle.


5. Supports emotional health

Exercise, according to one theory, releases beta-endorphin, a natural substance in the body that is hundreds of times more powerful than morphine. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that serotonin, a mood-regulating chemical in the body, increases during exercise. This compound can increase the energy and strength of nerve cells, which helps ward off neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. Increased serotonin levels in the central nervous system are also associated with feelings of well-being, increased appetite, and reduced depression.


Let’s encourage our children to spend more time playing and doing physical activities rather than being busy on their devices.  


Referensi:
Parents. Diakses pada 2022. 10 Benefits of Physical Activity for Kids.
KidsHealth. Diakses pada 2022. Kids and Exercise.
The Print. Diakses pada 2022. ‘Happy chemicals’ released by our body when we exercise - key to treating Alzheimer’s: Study.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Diakses pada 2022. Serotonin regulates mitochondrial biogenesis and functions in rodent cortical neurons via the 5-HT2A receptor and SIRT1-PGC-1α axis.
Healthline. Diakses pada 2022. Exercise Benefits Children Physically and Mentally.

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