Surprisingly being active at a young age may be as beneficial as being active in your adult life. There are so many ways that kids can engage in activity including sports, personal training or just running around playing with their friends. There are so many benefits for children to lift weights. They include elevating their heart rate, building strength, confidence, endurance and improving mental health.
- Building Confidence: Having low self-confidence as a child can be detrimental to his or her growth into young adulthood. Having confidence is important for children, without it, they may not be willing to engage in new activities or have an open mind on what they can achieve. Having confidence is believing in oneself. Without confidence, children cannot challenge themselves to achieve more, which is an important skill needed to learn and grow. A child should be happy with themselves and have a good self- image. There is no better way to gain a good self-image then by working hard, clearing obstacles and achieving more. When a child looks in the mirror they should be happy with what they see. Playing sports and training can help by making children strong, competitive, and fit.
- Improved Cognitive Function: Not only does working out improve overall health, it can also improve memory capacity. Exercise helps increase the speed of processing and memory storage in the hippocampus (part of the brain controlling learning and memory). This may lead to better academic performance.
- Better Social Skills: As a child, it is important to engage with other children to develop good social skills. Participating in sports or training programs along with other children can help a child interact properly with others. Social skills are important to develop at a young age since as you grow older it is harder to break bad habits that may have developed. By having children engage in team activities such as sports and weight training programs, they are better able to display their strengths and talents. This is beneficial for children and also encourages them to appreciate their differences.
- Building a better Metabolism: Surprisingly, metabolic decline can start as early as the age of 25. In simple terms metabolism is the function of your body. These metabolic processes help to burn fat and calories. It is important to start exercising at an early age to increase your metabolism. When going through puberty, it is also imperative that teenagers have the proper metabolic processes to have a successful transition from childhood into their early stages of adulthood.
- Future Benefits: As an adult, it is more difficult to focus on health and nutrition, as adults tend to have busier lives consumed by careers, family and other external factors. By starting at a younger age, children are able to grasp the importance of staying fit and can take that knowledge with them to the latter stages of their lives.