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With Tania Huddart MOVING WITH KIDS Children and teenagers who exercise grow into healthier, more resilient adults. Physical exercise during this life stage can help them be successful adults. They can build better brains and be less likely to develop obesity and cancer. During childhood and the teen years, the brain develops in a way that will affect your entire life - physical activity is a key aspect of this development. EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILDHOOD FOR ADULTS Childhood exercise and activity creates healthy lifetime habits. Being active in childhood means as adults we are more likely to seek out ways to be active too. Exercise before puberty has long lasting effects that deliver health benefits in adulthood. This effect is protective in later life even for adults who no longer exercise. According to Professor Elwyn Firth “There are big differences in their (children) bone mass, density and mineral content compared to those who haven’t done that exercise. Even if the exercise ceases in adulthood, these differences persist for 10 years or more, especially if the exercise began before puberty.” IMPORTANCE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE IN ADOLESCENCE Doing cardio fitness in adolescence also helps to improve brain development. It appears to result in better cognition in middle age.

number of synapses between neurons, which allows for better communication between parts of the brain. The prefrontal cortex of the brain benefits the most from childhood activity - this brain region helps us to plan complex cognitive behavior; it supports our personality expression, decision-making, and moderates our social behaviour. Adults should create environments that help kids be active - if we fail to do this, we undermine their health. ORGANISED SPORTS PARTICIPATION FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN Many organised sports and physical activity programmes are not appropriate for younger children. Sport activities work best for older kids as some younger kids find it hard to engage with these organised activities - they may also only develop a certain set of skills and movements - outdoor play and story telling are other great ways to develop a range of skills and movements. USE STORIES TO CREATE STIMULATING PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN Every parent understands the importance of developing young children’s literacy and numeracy. But the early development of their fundamental movement skills is important too.

Physical activity in children stimulates brain growth and boosts cognitive performance. It also helps kids focus better, making it easier for them to learn and achieve.

Skills like agility, balance and coordination helps kids to excel at academic work. Children aged up to eight or nine years old, should focus on developing skills which would help them perform better at sport-specific activities in the future - this means children develop a ‘broad-base’ of skills helping to set them up for an active lifestyle in their later years.

Cardio exercise increases the metabolic rate. It helps the brain build more capillaries for blood and oxygen transport. It also increases the

Stories are a fantastic way to stimulate the imaginations of children. It allows you to introduce learning points and activities in a cre-

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