Keep them in the gym for Lifelong Benefits

30 May Keep them in the gym for Lifelong Benefits

Here are some good reminders for parents and also teachers to share about the lifelong benefits of gymnastics, and fitness for children. Daily physical activity improves children’s skeletal health, which in turn reduces their risk of developing osteoporosis in the future.

* It has been shown that osteoporosis originates early in life and bone mass development in childhood and adolescents influences the risk for bone fractures.

* Daily physical activity in adolescence and young adulthood is positively related to bone mineral density in adulthood.

* 9 to 13-year-old boys and girls with higher physical activity levels also have greater bone mineral content and bone mineral density compared to their less active counterparts.

* Physical activity, particularly weight-bearing exercise, improves bone mass in pre-pubertal children (ages 5-10).

* Physical activity in childhood and adolescence plays a vital role in optimizing peak bone mass and might reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

* Scholastic advantages exist for children who are physically active. Studies have shown a direct correlation between physical movement and reading readiness.

Create opportunities to discuss these great life advantages for children in the gym!