Scotland's children 'among least active in the world'
A study of 38 nations ranked Scotland joint last for physical activity and joint second for national policy on physical activity. Obesity levels in Scotland are projected to reach 40% by 2030, with poor diet, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyles identified as the key contributing factors.
Obesity: The importance of being active is a lesson we must teach our children at a young age. Physical activity helps to prevent/reduce health problems and is a significant factor in the prevention of obesity.
Other benefits of activity are that it:
• Burns calories instead of storing them as body fat.
• Maintains blood sugar levels – a vital strategy for children who have or are at risk for diabetes.
• Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
• Helps make bones and muscles strong.
• Builds strength and endurance.
• Relieves stress and helps with focus.
• Improves sleep and mental health.
• Boosts self-esteem by helping children feel confident about their bodies and appearance.
Bullying: A child who is overweight or obese may be teased or bullied about his or her weight, feel badly about his or her body, or feel isolated and alone.
These feelings can interfere with a child’s ability to learn, make friends, and interact with others. Children who exercise regularly will feel better about themselves and ...
Mental Health: Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good and sets you up for the rest of the day.
Here’s what to expect from one of our fitness classes…
'FITkidz Fitness' Our fun-based fitness equipment classes include the use of bounce trampolines, bosu balls, balance and co-ordination equipment, and more activities meant to inspire activity and improve general fitness levels.
Children learn about keeping their bodies fit, strong, and healthy whilst training their minds for a long, fulfilling future. Additionally, all children attending the academy will be signed up to participate on the 'RUN 4 FITKIDZ' team at the Baxters River Ness 5k on Sunday 23rd September 2018. They will train for the event as part of the academy classes and receive a 'RUN 4 FITKIDZ' t-shirt to wear on the day. Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.