At Karate West, we celebrate life skills that are most deserving of our attention each month of the year with our Twelve Months to Personal Power. With the nice summer weather quickly approaching, we’ve chosen to recognize April as Fitness month. In honor of that ever-important habit, we thought we’d tell you a little about why getting active is so paramount to lifelong success for children and adults.
We take pride in teaching children the merits of quality fitness because those lessons learned early in life will resound with healthy habits far into the future. You may be thinking, “but my child is already active. They hardly ever sit down.” While it’s true that children are naturally disposed to be more active often while running, jumping, kicking, and playing all on their own, that does not necessarily mean that they will be as energetic later in life. At Karate West, we teach that although there are benefits in one exercise session, a healthy discipline in maintaining regular exercise habits is far more beneficial. By establishing those habits early in life, the results can be astounding including a lower risk of blood pressure, stronger development of muscles, bones, and joints, as well as various social and mental advantages. Amongst a higher capacity for learning and self-confidence, those who exercise consistently will also show reduced risk of depression and anxiety.
With all of that said, it’s important to make children want to be active. Physical activity should be something that they find fun. If your child can associate exercise with something that engages them, it will become an activity that they will gladly take part in, and those happy memories will continue to reinforce the importance of fitness in their future.
Of course, these experiences do little for overall health if one does not maintain a focus on fitness into adulthood. One of the easiest ways that you can help improve your child’s exercise habits is to lead by example. Even if you were never an active child or adult, that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to get started.
If you’ve never been fit before, you can still benefit from attaining that life goal now. By finding ways to make fitness enjoyable, such as Karate, you will begin to look forward to your next exercise session. You can also be sure that all of the benefits listed for children can still be yours today. Even if you are over the age of 65, the American Academy of Family Physicians says that regular exercise can prevent chronic disease and reduce chances of physical injury. As if that weren’t enough, maintaining your fitness can even improve your overall mood.
Regardless of your age, it’s always a good time to start focusing on your physical fitness. Just remember to find the workout that’s right for you both in how it affects your physicality and how it fulfills your ambitions.