Staying active improves energy levels. Regular exercise helps kids feel
more energetic, allows them to focus better in school, and reduces everyday stress!
Exercise strengthens bones. Just as muscles grow stronger when physically stressed, bones also respond by getting stronger!
Exercise strengthens the heart. The heart is a muscle, and like other muscles, its performance improves when it's regularly challenged by exercise!
Exercise enhances emotional well-being. Kids will feel calm and have a sense of well-being after they exercise.
Physical activity allows children to have a better outlook on life by building confidence, managing anxiety and depression, and increasing self-esteem and cognitive skills.
Exercise controls weight. When a kid is sedentary, he/she tends to be taking in more calories than are needed. These unused calories accumulate as fat. A person who is physically active may have a deficit of calories, which takes fat away and lowers weight.
In 2019, the number of students playing high school sports in the US dropped by about 40,000 nationwide.
For children and adolescents:
The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents.