3 Reasons Exercise Makes Happy Kids

Money can’t buy happiness for children. But something else can - movement, or as grown-ups call it, exercise. Exercise not only helps children’s physical well-being but, it also has tremendous positive effects on their mental health.

1. Exercise Builds Confidence
Helping kids build self-esteem is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child. When a child learns a new move, they feel empowered and are willing to try new challenges. They learn to overcome obstacles and more willing to learn new skills. Kids who exercise have increased confidence in their bodies. Confident kids are proven to be happier. They perform better in school, socially, and have fewer behavioral issues.

2. Exercise Causes Happy Brains
Movement aids in the development of young brains. Exercising improves fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving. It reduces anxiety in children and improves symptoms of depression. Children who participate in movement can lose themselves in the fun and enjoyment of exercise. Research shows that regularly active kids are happier compared to their sedentary peers.

3. Exercise Releases Happy Chemicals
When kids move, the brain releases natural happy chemicals, or as adults call them, endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s own pain killers and can turn a grumpy child into a happy child.

When kids move their bodies, oxygen increases to the brain which improves mental clarity. Exercise also improves sleep quality. Everyone knows a rested child is a happy child.

Need some inspiration for exercises? Check out our Fun foot exercises you can do with your children video series.

For kids, any kind of movement will prove to be beneficial. Yoga, jumping up and down, tag, chasing the ball. They all have positive benefits. Don’t put “restriction” on movement. Movement can be done alone, with a parent, or even better with some friends. Do what your kids enjoy.

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