Movement is Medicine 

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Why Your Child Needs Movement

As parents, we know you all want the best for your children. And one of the fundamental aspects of their well-being is ensuring they get enough physical activity. Did you know that experts recommend children move their bodies for at least one hour a day, six days a week? That’s because regular physical activity offers a myriad of benefits beyond just keeping fit.

Boosting Confidence and Cognitive Functions

When your child engages in regular physical activity, whether it’s running around playing tag, participating in a gym class, enjoying the new park in Farmers Branch, or even just having fun during PE at school, they’re not just burning off energy – they’re also boosting their self-confidence and increasing cognitive functions as well as building important motor skills.
Regular physical activity and movement play a crucial role in the development and enhancement of motor function in children. Motor function refers to the ability to control and coordinate movements of the body. Here’s how increased movement can positively impact motor function:
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When children engage in activities that require physical exertion, such as running, jumping, climbing, or playing sports, they naturally strengthen their muscles. Strong muscles are essential for maintaining posture, balance, and stability, which are all fundamental components of motor function. Additionally, these activities also help improve coordination as children learn to synchronize their movements to achieve specific tasks or goals.
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Apart from gross motor skills (which involve large muscle groups and movements), physical activity also supports the development of fine motor skills. Fine motor skills involve the coordination of smaller muscle groups, particularly in the hands and fingers. Activities like drawing, coloring, playing with small objects, or engaging in crafts require precise movements and control. By participating in such activities, children refine their fine motor skills, which are crucial for tasks like writing, typing, and manipulating objects.
Increased movement and physical activity offer a multitude of benefits for children’s motor function. By engaging in diverse activities that promote muscle strength, coordination, brain development, balance, and confidence, children can enhance their overall motor skills and lay a foundation for lifelong physical health and well-being.
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Finding the Right Movement for Your Child

Every child is unique, and their preferences for physical activity may vary. While some kids thrive on the challenge of a vigorous sport, others may prefer more relaxed forms of movement, such as going for a walk with a friend or enjoying a hike in nature or even running in open spaces. It’s essential to recognize and support your child’s individual needs and aspirations when it comes to physical activity.
Environment plays a crucial role in motivating children to move their bodies. While some may enjoy the structured setting of a gym or sports facility, others may find inspiration in the great outdoors or a place other than school or home. Whether it’s running on an open road, exploring the beauty of nature, or hitting the weight room, there are countless ways to fulfill the desire for physical activity.
When your child is not swinging and climbing here at Strong, we recommend taking them outside to your local park to get some much-needed sunlight and playtime so they can show off some of their skills they have learned here at Strong! Farmer’s Branch just recently opened a new park that offers day time play as well as a glow in the dark feature….here is a link to check it out!
Promoting regular physical activity is vital for your child’s overall health and well-being. By encouraging them to move their bodies in various ways and environments, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of healthy habits and success!
Coach Dayne Douglass
Strong Youth Fitness & Performance
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