Why is Physical Activity Important?

Health Benefits:

  • Active preschoolers are less likely to be overweight.
  • Some physical activities, such as running and jumping rope, help with bone growth.
  • Active children have stronger muscles, lungs, and healthier hearts.

Developmental Benefits:

  • Physical activity helps children develop motor skills and coordination. Some activities that help are:
    • Walking, running, hopping
    • Balancing, dancing, stomping
    • Throwing, catching, kicking
  • Physical activity helps children feel good about themselves. For example, they feel proud after learning how to bounce a ball or ride a bike.
  • Active preschoolers are more likely to be happy.

Physical activity can also help in mental development.

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