The Vital Role of Movement in a Child's Life
Written by: Kaylie Ricks
In today's digital world, where screens dominate our daily routines, it's becoming increasingly important to emphasize the significance of movement in a child's life. Physical activity is not just about keeping fit; it plays a vital role in the holistic development of a child, shaping their physical, mental, and emotional well-being! But why should movement be an integral part of every child's life? Here's four reasons!
Regular movement and exercise contribute to a child's overall physical health and development. Engaging in activities such as running, jumping, and playing sports helps build strong bones, muscles, and cardiovascular fitness. It also aids in maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and improving motor skills and coordination.
Movement has a profound impact on a child's cognitive abilities. Research suggests that physical activity enhances brain function, improving memory, attention span, and problem-solving skills. By engaging in active play, children stimulate neural connections, leading to better academic performance and cognitive growth.
Movement-based activities provide ample opportunities for children to interact and develop essential social skills. Whether it's team sports, dance classes, or playground games, these experiences promote teamwork, cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution. Regular physical activity helps foster friendships, boosts self-esteem, and develops a sense of belonging among children, enhancing their social well-being.
Movement plays a significant role in managing a child's emotional well-being. Physical activity releases endorphins, also known as "feel-good" hormones, which reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Regular exercise acts as a natural mood enhancer, promoting emotional resilience, self-confidence, and a positive self-image in children.
Encouraging and prioritizing movement in a child's life is crucial for their overall growth and development. By providing opportunities for physical activity, we equip children with the necessary tools to lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives. Let's inspire the next generation to embrace movement, fostering a lifelong love for active living! If your child hasn't tried out Kid's Swerk yet, what are you doing!? We know they will LOVE it!
New to Kid's Swerk? Here are a few details:
Class is targeted towards kids ages 7-13 (If your kid is younger or older, and they would enjoy this class, please bring them- they are welcome on the dance floor).
The format is 30 minutes of Kid's Swerk and 30 mins of fun fitness activities, such as Tug of War and The Floor is Lava. This is a very engaging and enjoyable class!
Choreography is kid appropriate music! Think Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, BTS, Dua Lipa and more.
Classes are Thursdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 10:45am.
To learn more about what we offer for kids at our gym, head over to our schedule!