The Australian Department of Sports and Recreation states that recommendations for physical activity for a child per day, is around 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity. This includes any planned exercise or movement such as walking, running, dancing or playing sports, and unplanned activities such as walking to the shops, household chores and gardening.
Exercise encourages a child’s body to grow and develop healthily. Coordination improves, stamina, and movement control is boosted too.
But exercise also encourages confidence, happiness, self-esteem, concentration, learning ability, cooperation, teamwork, organization, friendship building, healthy sleep patterns, goal setting and learning to strive towards those goals.
Believe it or not, children who are more active exercise show less anti-social and aggressive behaviors, they are also less likely to run in to disciplinary problems. They are less likely to smoke, experiment with illicit drugs and be involved in criminal activities.
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BOUT THE AUTHOR
Honor is a qualified naturopathic Nutritionist and health writer. She is very passionate about nutrition and health, and has been working in the field for almost 20 years.
Honor is the head nutrition writer for the multi-national Fitness First magazine, which won best app for an iPhone & tablet device in 2011 for the ‘Magazine excellence awards’.
Honor also has her own ‘Ask Honor’ column and weekly health article in the APN newspapers for The Fraser Coast Chronicle and Observer in QLD.
She designs weight loss meals and menu’s for Sydney based food manufacturer Core Food Concepts.
Honor has lectured and supervised the Nutritional medicine students at one of Sydney’s largest Natural therapies college’s- Nature Care College.
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