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Movement Is Essential

Movement stimulates the brain development in kiddos necessary for learning about the world around them. Their brains are like sponges soaking up information and actually doubles in size in the first year of infancy. So when a kiddo is unable to move on their own, it can affect their overall body functions and their ability to think things through and make a plan. It can also affect their coordination and even body position while sitting or standing. 

Movement Outside Is Even Better

Activities that provide movement outdoors in wide open spaces can boost a kiddos awareness of space. Exposure to the great outdoors on a regular basis will improve their balance and observation skills as well. Too often, physical activity is presented as just exercise. Exercise is great but there are many other “fun” ways to get the benefits of exercise. By encouraging kiddos to play a game outside, participate in a sport, or just talk a short walk, you can create healthy habits that add movement to their day.

Short-term Instant Benefits 

Although your ultimate goal should be to make movement a habit, there are numerous benefits immediately after a single session of moderate physical activity. Some of the instant benefits of being physically active are an overall improved mood with reduced stress, higher self-esteem and improved sleep quality. 

Long-term Lifelong Benefits 

With regular physical activity and movement, the benefits for kiddos show up in every aspect of their future lives. The biggest long-term physical health benefits of being active are overall healthy growth and development, with a lower risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Active kiddos will also develop increased bone and muscular strength, as well as improved balance and coordination.

 Long-term physical activity also has huge benefits on a kiddos learning ability. They experience improved brain health, focus and concentration and improved academic performance. Not to mention the long-term social and emotional benefits of physical activity like increased confidence and social health, and reduced anxiety and depression.

Does Movement Have To Be Strenuous To Be Effective?

Somewhat, that is for kids 6 and older. They need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. However, smaller kiddos require less exercise to be effective. Some things to keep in mind for toddlers is that their physical activity doesn’t need to be overly exhausting or planned for that matter, and it can be divided into smaller, shorter sessions. The main objective for them is to just make the activities fun.

Hampered Freedom and Movement

However, if your kiddo’s development is hampered by an injury or illness and they are having difficulties enjoying the same freedom of movement as other kids, our pediatric physical therapist can help. We provide personalized and comprehensive therapies that fit. We are committed to meaningful, research-based outcomes that help each child reach their full and amazing potential utilizing innovative interventions and tailored technology. Our mission is for every kiddo to grow along with their peers and enjoy the most mobility and function possible! Contact us today!