Essay about Why Exercise Is Important For Children

2096 Words Dec 11th, 2016 9 Pages
Problem The problem that this paper will address is that many school aged children are not getting an adequate amount of exercise throughout the school day. Not getting the proper amount of exercise can lead to the children becoming overweight and experiencing difficulty focusing in school. Not being able to focus in school will lead to a decrease in cognitive function which may lower their grades and learning abilities. Children need at least 60 minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity each day (Hind, 2014). In the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which is tracking 14,000 children from birth, only 2.5% of girls and boys aged 11 years attained these recommended levels (Hind, 2014). Children spend over half of their day in school which is why adding exercise programs into their everyday schedule would be beneficial to give them a break and improve their learning. Exercise is extremely important for children who are suffering from and psychiatric disorders. Exercise is associated with an anti-depressive effect in patients with mild to moderate forms of non-bipolar depressive disorders (Martinson, 1990). Increasing a child’s exercise habits throughout the school day can help to lower any potential risks they have for becoming depressed and it will lower any depression effects they currently have. If children are not getting the proper exercise they need it puts them at an increased risk for becoming obese. Epstein (1996)…

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