Why Heart Health Matter In Kids
It is no surprise to find the American Heart Association promoting the importance of exercise for our younger generation. While the obvious might be right before our nose, we can minimize or overlook the absolute importance.
Sedentary lifestyles create apathetic body systems; quite simply we are made for movement. Lack of physical activity is a major risk for stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, low levels of the good cholesterol (HDL,) diabetes and contributes to the development of coronary artery disease.
Every day should include sixty minutes of medium to high level of physical activity. The kind of movement that gets your heart pumping. Not only does the cardiovascular exercise keep the body systems functioning effectively, strengthening the walls of blood vessels and cells, helping with elimination of toxin and all the rest,it also produces psychological and social benefits – especially important for kids in society today.
Physical exercise is a win-win for all.
But why focus on children specifically? One reason is to address the reality of the society in which we live. Neighborhoods are not like they used to be where all felt safe to let their kids run rampant across streets and play blocks away. And computers are captivating, young eager minds with “screen addiction” at a young age.
Getting physical activity used to be like breathing for children, it just happened. Now we need to choose it for the sake of their health and the health of the adult they are going to be one day. Inactive kids will likely continue the same pattern as adults.
It is recommended children get sixty minutes per day of varied exercise. PE classes at school are great, but parents need to be stepping up their game to make sure this is happening too. Not sure what to do? Start simple! Take a family walk, or go out bowling, or even look into programs at your local gym that are focused on children.
In Good Health,