Not every child is gifted with a flair or interest for sports. However, that is just another form of physical movement that is important for every child, irrespective of their interest or skills. When a school incorporates sports into the curriculum, it may open up certain career aspects for some kids, but the main purpose of doing so isn’t that. It is to inculcate physical movement into a child’s routine. Whether a child possesses necessary skills for sports and other physical activities or not, they should still be a part of their day. Reasons why physical movement is considered so crucial for everyone, irrespective of the age, are many. However, why it is imperative for a child is also justified; one primary reason being that physical activity in early childhood has some immediate as well as long-term effects.
FOR THE HEART
It is no secret that physical movement facilitates cardiovascular fitness. With exercise, the heart becomes stronger and more efficient; this strength, in turn, affects the overall health by keeping most health concerns at a bay. This heart fitness, once initiated at an early age, carries on to adulthood as well. Moreover, it also keeps the veins and arteries clear. Physical movement filters fat and bad cholesterol from the blood, and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
FOR THE BRAIN
Along with fitness of the heart, engaging in physical activity is also associated with fitness of the brain. Movement of the body and muscles stimulates the mind, aids concentration and thinking, strengthens connection between different parts of the brain, and promotes relaxation and calmness. Moreover, it sparks positivity and emotional intellect in a child from an early age.
DEVELOPS GOOD HABITS
What is really important, and yet a struggle for adults today is to incorporate physical movement into their set lifestyle. It becomes difficult not just because of the bursting schedules, but also because of loss of touch and habit, and lack of understanding of the importance of exercise. It is hard to fit and adapt to physical movement in adulthood. The same is considerably easier as a child. It is not only easy to start with it, but also to build a habit out of it. Once started and memorised by the body in childhood, it doesn’t take a lot to continue it through the later years. Moreover, once the body and mind are used to physical movement and realize its role in ones well-being, that habit will continue.
DEVELOPS SOCIAL SKILLS
Indulging in various forms of physical movement is also a great way to develop social skills and make friends. There is analysation, adjustment, and management of ones behaviour and social skills when a child engages in a physical activity of any form; he learns team building and working. In retrospect, physical movement and its importance is something that should be encourages and taught an a young age only for a child’s development in the long run.
Written and Edited by - Akshi Ranka