Exercising When Young Promotes Lifetime of Good Health

by Blayne Soriano, Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach

Regular exercise plays a crucial role in the physical and mental well-being of children and adolescents. Here are some of the benefits and importance of exercise for these age groups.

1. Cardiorespiratory fitness

Exercise enhances cardiorespiratory fitness, which refers to the efficiency of the heart and lungs in delivering oxygen to the body’s tissues during physical activity. Improved cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with better overall health and endurance in children.

2. Muscle and bone strength

Regular physical activity contributes to the development of strong muscles and bones. This is particularly important during the growth years of childhood and adolescence, as it helps in achieving optimal bone density and muscle mass.

3. Weight control

We live in a time when screen time and being sedentary are at record highs. Exercise becomes essential in managing and controlling weight. Physical activity helps burn calories and maintain a healthy body weight, reducing the risk of childhood obesity.

4. Mental health benefits

For children and adolescents, engaging in physical activities can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The release of endorphins, often referred to as “feel-good” hormones, during exercise contributes to an improved mood.

5. Energy and mood enhancement

As someone who coaches children and adolescents, I’ve observed the immediate benefits of exercise on mood and energy levels. Physical activity stimulates blood flow, increases oxygen supply to the brain and fosters a sense of accomplishment, all of which contribute to a positive mindset.

6. Establishing lifelong habits

Encouraging exercise during childhood establishes healthy habits that can last a lifetime. When physical activity is a regular part of a child’s routine, they are more likely to carry these habits into adulthood, promoting lifelong health and wellness.

In conclusion, the benefits of exercise for children and adolescents extend far beyond physical fitness. They encompass mental health, healthy development and the establishment of lifelong habits.

If you’re a coach working with this age group, your role in promoting a positive and active lifestyle is instrumental in shaping their future well-being.