We all know that exercise is important, even for children, but how do you encourage a child who doesn’t like to play sports? Or how do you limit technology time and stay active in the middle of hot & humid summer or days of pouring down rain?
Exercise doesn’t have to mean playing organized sports. It can be as simple as having family game time such as tag, relay races, or freeze dance; taking a family bike ride to the park or a walk around the block after dinner. The important thing is to MOVE to get blood flowing and muscles active!
According to renowned pediatrician Dr. Bill Sears, here is why movement matters for a child’s developing brain:
“Think of your child’s brain as the greatest garden ever grown. What do you need to grow a smart garden? You need to water it, feed it, and fertilize it. That’s what you do when you move. When you increase the blood flow to the blood vessels in your brain, you release a “smart medicine” called brain growth factor, or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). When I talk to kids I use the term “Veg.” It acts like food and fertilizer to help the tissues in your brain garden grow smarter.”
Summer is a great time to make simple changes and to teach children healthy habits! Click on the links below for your FREE healthy living resources to help inspire your children to have FUN exercising and making healthy choices throughout the year.
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Cheers to a happy and healthy summer!!