Kids Exercise Guaranteed to Boost Confidence

Parents know that exercise is good for their kids’ health. But they many not know that exercise not only benefits them physically, but also boosts their self confidence. With many studies, researchers have found a symbiotic relationship between self confidence and exercise.

Overweight children tend to have low self-confidence because they likely receive criticism from their peers, family or the culture. But children who partake in regular exercise, whether or not they have a weight issue, are more likely to have higher confidence levels and they feel better about their physical capabilities.

Some children aren’t overweight but they have other issues in their lives that can cause low self-esteem. For example, a Koniak-Griffin (from UCLA) study compared pregnant teens involved in exercise to those who weren’t. Those who exercised were less likely to have depression symptoms and feel better about their situation.

Physiologically, exercise makes the body feel good because of endorphins. The brain releases endorphins throughout the body, which lead to happy feelings. In addition to these feelings, children feel a sense of belonging when they are involved in a group activity. And since exercise also fights off diseases and illnesses, that’s another way it will help your child feel good. It’s a win-win situation when your child is active.

Likewise, kids with more confidence are more willing to exercise daily. When they feel confident in their capabilities, they aren’t afraid to be active with other kids. Those who already don’t exercise are likely to harm their health. If they have low self-esteem, they are more likely to avoid exercise and eat too much or too little.

A child’s outlook on himself can affect his health positively or negatively. And exercise is a big contributor to their self-perspective. The easiest way to boost your child’s confidence is to get them involved in activities that move the body. If they’re not ready to participate in group activities with other kids, then they should exercise with their parents. Either way, it’s obvious that exercise is important for children, both now and in the future.

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