For the developing child, regular exercise has been shown to aid in physical development and helps to combat childhood obesity, while helping children to build strong bones and muscles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity in childhood is associated with improved strength and endurance, reduced stress and anxiety, lower body mass index and improved cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, physical activity in childhood helps to ward off chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers and results in lower healthcare costs as an adult.
In addition to physical benefits, playing sports can also contribute to career and educational benefits including enhanced cognitive skills, improvement in academic performance, increased concentration and attention, better classroom behavior, higher test scores, and a higher likelihood to attend college.
Children to grow up playing sports also have a proven higher self-esteem, better goal-setting and leadership abilities, and a higher income and productivity at work in adulthood.
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30+ Benefits of Physical Activity in Childhood
– Improved Strength
– Improved Endurance
– Reduced Stress
– Reduced Anxiety
– Healthy Bones, Muscles, and Joints
– Reduction in Unhealthy Body Fat
– Lower Body Mass Index
– Improved Cholesterol
– Improved Blood Pressure
– Lower Chance of Diabetes
– Lower Chance of Cardiovascular Disease
– Lower Chance of certain types of Cancers
– Lower Healthcare Costs into adulthood
– Enhanced Cognitive Skills
– Improved Academic Performance
– Increased Concentration
– Increased Attention
– Better Classroom Behavior
– Higher Test Scores
– 15% More Likely to Attend College
Emotional & Other Benefits
– Higher Self-Esteem
– Improved Mental Health
– Enhanced Social Involvement
– Better Goal Setting
– Better Leadership Abilities
– Improved Time Management
– Better Discipline and Dedicated
– Higher Income in Adolescence (7-8%)
– Higher Productivity at Work in Adulthood
– Less Sexually Active (Female)
– Less Drug Use (Female)
– Decreased Risk of Depression (Female)
The Aspen Institute, “Facts: Sports Activity and Children.” Project Play.
Bruce Kelley and Carl Carchia. “Hey, data data — swing!” ESPN.
Krista Sheehan, “Percentage of Kids Who Don’t Exercise.” Livestrong.