Hoop for Your Health
There is no doubt that physical activity benefits children by warding off obesity and building muscles, but studies show an active lifestyle extends far beyond the physical outcomes. The benefits of an active childhood translate into a lifetime of positive results in academics, health, and finances.
Start Moving Now
Achieve change and start moving now by connecting with your community and school and participate in physical activities offered for your child and family. Emphasize the benefits of physical activity as a priority and offer opportunities for your child to play before and after school. Most importantly, make sure being active is fun! One fun way to get active and start moving is to install a basketball goal at your house and encourage friends to come over and play. Spend time outside shooting hoops as a family to start moving more! Having a goal at home encourages your family to be active today right outside of your front door.
Participating in a physical activity such as playing basketball causes hormones to release in the brain, strengthening memory capacity and raising thinking ability, according to PHIT America. Kids who spend an hour shooting hoops and being active will perform better on standardized tests. The benefits stretch to better school attendance, better behavior, and improved concentration.
In addition to the individual psychological benefits, physical activity also offers social benefits. Studies gathered by found that boys and girls who play sports accumulate a support group of teammates and coaches who encourage them to be positive role models in their school and community. This support makes them more likely to attend a college or university.
Because physical activity releases hormones making kids feel happier and more confident, active kids have improved self-esteem and a reduced risk for anxiety, stress, and depression. Children who are active are less likely to smoke, use drugs, or become pregnant at an early age. Eighty percent of children are at risk for disease due to physical activity, according to PHIT America. If active, they will see a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes and may live five years longer than those who are inactive.
Although children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are moving less and less.
When active, children score higher on tests, make better choices, and reduce their risk for anxiety, stress, and depression.