Parents, is Exercise the Best Medicine for Your Child?

Tallahassee Parents,

Is exercise the best medicine for your child? Exercise does not fix everything, however people down play its true benefits and what it can do for the mind, body and soul. The child obesity rate in America is roughly 18.6% with some states at 26%. It might not seem like a high number, but for kids who should naturally be active, it is pretty high.

Here is just a few reasons your child should be exercising on a regular basis:

  1. Burns extra energy
  2. Increases blood flow
  3. Helps the mind the focus
  4. Helps with anxiety
  5. Prevents illness
  6. Improves moods
  7. relieves stress
  8. Fun
  9. Increases flexibility
  10. Improves functions of the body
  11. Helps you sleep
  12. Increases bone density
  13. Great way to build camaraderie with others
  14. Can be adventurous
  15. A great way to explore nature
  16. Improves school productivity

The list could go on. If your children are not living an active lifestyle, now is the perfect time to introduce more activities. The common excuse parents give to why their children are not active is usually, “they are so busy, we don’t want to overload them.” However, we are built to be active and busy. Life will eventually become quite hectic when your children grow up to be adults. If our younger generations are going to handle the fast pace world, they need to stay active.

Getting the proper amount of rest each night is what resets the brain and helps us function on all cylinders. Although habits can be changed and developed when you are an adult, it is easier to start now when your kids are younger.

Watching tv, playing video games may seem like rest to some, but your brain is still very active although your body is not. There is no real substitute for naps and sleep, but naps and sleep.

Parents, get those kids a little more active every chance you get. Who knows, it might help you get more active too if you are not already.

If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, an ADHD Coach and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama

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