Besides achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, activity has been shown to improve mood, physical fitness, muscle tone, aerobic (lung) performance and capacity, and improved cognitive function. It reduces blood pressure, decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some forms of cancer.
As children age, they become less active. It is important to establish activity as a norm and continue to emphasize its value throughout childhood. Studies show that children who are active and fit are less likely to be sedentary in their 20’s and 30’s, and have lower rates of hypertension and obesity.