10 Benefits of Physical Fitness for Kids and Adolescents

10 Benefits of Physical Fitness for Kids and Adolescents

At FITZONE we believe a child’s well being, both psychological and physical, can be strengthened simultaneously with physical fitness. 

Nowadays, it seems that our youth spends most of their time sitting in a classroom or in front of a screen with little to no physical activity.  

A 2019 poll shown below reveals the prevalence of childhood obesity in children and adolescents aged 2-19 years: 

  • The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents.
  • Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
  • Hispanics (25.8%) and non-Hispanic blacks (22.0%) had higher obesity prevalence than non-Hispanic whites (14.1%).
  • Non-Hispanic Asians (11.0%) had lower obesity prevalence than non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.

“Note: Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC sex-specific BMI-for-age growth charts.”

The cruciality of this problem is evident and Physical Fitness is the single most important factor in beating these statistics.  Here are 10 benefits of physical fitness for kids and adolescents….

 

  1. Build Stronger Bones 

To build bone density and strengthen bones children need to stay active and physically fit.  It is an optimum time during childhood to strengthen bone density with physical fitness, strength and conditioning training.

  1. Reduced the Risk of Obesity 

Obesity occurs when there is a lack of physical activity and an inefficient and unhealthy calorie intake.  Our Youth Camp at FITZONE teaches the importance of health and nutrition as well as physical fitness. Studies show kids and adolescents need 60 minutes of exercise 4-5 days per week.

3.Team work and Social Skills 

Teamwork is necessary for our Youth to develop confidence and social skills. It is at this early stage in life when we develop an understanding of self respect and good communication skills. At FITZONE we know the power of teamwork and how it greatly impacts social and communication skills. Our physical activity based curriculum is team oriented approach that helps develop character while teaching our youth members the confidence, discipline and accountability.

4.Healthy Heart 

A lack of exercise puts additional stress on the heart.  Physical activity improves the heart’s ability to pump blood more efficiently. Children have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in the future if they do not make physical fitness part of their daily routine. 

  1. Balance and Posture –

The foundation of good health is good balance and posture. Poor posture leads to cramped organs and irregular breathing. Proper posture encourages body alignment helping to prevent any excess strain on your joints, muscles and spine. Learning these functional fundamentals early on will help our youth stay strong. Alleviating pain and reducing the likelihood of injury in the future.  

At FITZONE our Youth Program helps to build a strong foundation that improves balance, posture and overall body functionality with the use of drills that engage and help to develop and improve these fundamental skills.

  1. Self-Esteem and Confidence Building –

Our Youth Program seeks to help children improve and boost their self esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement. Coach Jada Smith works closely with our Youth members. With the use of boxing our youth program helps develop and build a sense of worth, strength and self understanding.

 

  1. Improve Coordination and Motor Skills – 

Those who make time for physical fitness generally have stronger bodies with fine tuned motor skills. Our Youth Program helps to develop and enhance coordination and motor skills to help improve agility and coordination. 

  1. Physical Fitness Fends of Bullies 

“Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kids who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity – to control or harm others”

Being physically fit is a physical self expression that conveys strength and control.  Getting fit and learning the basics of self defense is the best way to fend off any bully… 

  1. Fitness Equals Fun!

We learned a long time ago that kids learn faster when they are having fun. Keeping children interested in our program is done by mixing things up.  We teach and learn but also have days when we just want to get fit and have fun. Fun functional conditioning workouts for our Youth camp is done with the use of partner drills, tug-of-war and other team building training.   

Why FITONE YOUTH CAMP?

As coaches, parents, caregivers and teachers we are at the forefront of our community ensuring that a  healthy outlet of physical activity is available and in demand for our children and adolescents. 

It all starts by supporting our youth to participate in physical activities that encourage and empower them to stay fit and get healthy. Our 60 minute After School Youth Camp starts August 19th, Monday through Thursday from 4:15-5:15pm.  Sign up before the 19th and get a 25% discount!

 

References: 

Childhood Obesity Facts: Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the United States

https://www.cdc.gov/ob