Monday, April 2, 2012

Benefits of Being Active

When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do. Why? Because regular exercise provides these benefits:

strong muscles and bones
weight control
decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
better sleep
a better outlook on life
Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Active Kids Turn into Happy Adults

As a study carried out by Australian researcher suggests, being active as a child could significantly increase your wellbeing as an adult and lower your risk of developing depression.

The study collected the self-reported levels of physical activity before the age 15 of 2152 south-eastern Australian men and women. Even if the participants were working out in their adult lives, those who were not active in their childhood years had a risk of reporting depression that was 35% increased.

"Your environment when you're young really plays a major role in your health when you get older because your brain is developing, your stress response system is developing”, researcher Felice Jacka from Melbourne’s Deakin University said. She added that exercise promoted the growth of brain cells in areas often responsible for depressive illness.

Exercise in children had previously been linked to the development of crucial coping as well as stress management skills that benefit children as they develop into adolescents.

Also, children that are not encouraged to get active might generally receive less support as young adults, which might make them more prone to developing depression.

The findings will be published in the May issue of The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Dr. Jacka suggests that children should at least get one hour of physical exercise per day.