Children and Exercise

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In our society today one of the most difficult problems we are facing is the large numbers of obesity in our children. One of the major factors in that is this; our children have become less physically active. At an early age children start watching TV, learn how to operate a computer, and play video games. Having technological skills is now a necessity in all of our lives because everything has turned "computerized," but the fact is that our children are relying on these types of entertainment rather than getting up and physically exercising to entertain them selves. This directly affects the large number of obese children in our country today because of the lack of physical exercise. It is not that we want our kids to look a certain way …show more content…

Through the day kids should have plenty of energy to do everything required of them, and more. But if a child lacks regular exercise then sudden tasks that require more energy will seem to drain them. For example, a child must climb 4 flights of stairs in a shopping mall. At the top of the stairs he/she is winded and needs to stop and rest for a second. During school hours children should be able to focus on their lessons and tasks, but when a child lacks the physical exercise then it is harder for them to concentrate on mental tasks. There is a direct connection between physical and mental wellness. When one end of that connection is broken then both ends will be affected, whether it is directly or, as in this case, indirectly. Children stop physically exercising which indirectly affects their mental performance. But on the other hand if the physical part is being held up, then it is only going to help mental performance as well. There are many physical and mental benefits to a regular exercise pattern. The American Heart Association states that Physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. It has been associated with an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Among other benefits are; controlling weight, reducing blood pressure, raising HDL cholesterol, reducing


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