I was reading an article by Dr. Mercola dated January 2014 and found information that everyone should know about and act on.
There’s absolutely no doubt that kids need exercise, and that most kids aren’t getting enough. Less than one-third of kids aged 6 to 17 get at least 20 minutes of daily exercise in one form or another. This is tragic, considering the multitude of short- and long-term health benefits your child can gain from a regular exercise regimen.
Studies show that active children have better focus and memory retention. Regular exercise can also help with mental health and clarity by increasing dopamine production. Not only that, but it’s also thought to improve blood flow to your brain, which may explain why it’s so great for learning and neural health overall.
No question about it: Physical activity is a great habit to establish early. Unfortunately, once winter rolls around, keeping your kids active requires a whole new bag of tricks.
Jungle gyms and monkey bars aren’t just for the open air anymore. Indoor gyms are popping up everywhere, and many of them offer affordable monthly memberships. A quick Google search tied to your city will point you in the right direction.
Don’t forget how much fun it is to build a snowman or a fort. Have a snowball fight or simply make snow angels. And don’t forget to have fun!