Kids with ADHD and Autism NEED More Exercise
Health professionals these days are placing more and more children on the autism spectrum – in fact, in the 1970s and 1980s, about one in 2,000 children were thought to have autism. Today, it’s estimated that one in every 150 children are on the spectrum. To a large degree, this massive rise is a mystery scientists are still trying to figure out. Read more about the topic here: https://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/searching-for-answers/autism-rise.
Whether or not you think the numbers have really increased this much in recent decades, or if we’re just over diagnosing conditions like autism and ADHD these days, a new report by ParticipAction (https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/thought-leadership/report-card/2018)—a Canadian national non-profit set up to promote healthy living and physical fitness—says kids with both autism and ADHD have the most to gain from increasing their physical activity. The research—headed by a team that included paediatric neuroscientists, clinicians and practitioners—found physical activity in children with these conditions is highly connected to their brain health. Specifically, exercise helps them with depression, anxiety, as well as sleep disorders. Sadly, the report also noted that only 35 percent of children ages 5 to 17, are getting the exercise they need. It is thought that this is part of what’s making these children even less focused, more moody, and more prone to depression and anxiety.
We Believe it’s Never Too Early to Start Working Out!
Though working out looks different at the age of 5 than it does at the age of 25 or 65, it’s never too early, or too late, to start developing the 10 general physical skills—cardiovascular respiratory endurance, stamina, speed, strength, power, coordination, balance, agility, flexibility and accuracy. These skills will make sports and life easier, and will help you live a long, healthy life. As for children, specifically, here are 7 more reasons you should get your kids going with an exercise program sooner as opposed to later!
- HABIT:Starting early establishes the habit. By the time your kid is 18, working out will be so second nature to him/her, it will be easy to maintain the routine and lifestyle well into adulthood.
- OBESITY: Children who are active for 60 minutes each day are significantly less prone to obesity. If your children and teenagers train with us, they’ll be surrounded by health-conscious people who are excited about eating healthy, which we have seen rub off on our younger members in a healthy way over and over.
- GOOD GRADES: Physical activity is connected with improved behaviour and focus at school.
- BRAIN HEALTH:Anaerobic activity in children is connected to an increase in the size of essential brain structures and neural connections.
- MENTAL HEALTH: Physical activity is linked to lower rates of depression and anxiety in children.
- BODY IMAGE:Fit children develop more self-confidence and have a healthier self-image.
- SOUND SLEEP:In adults and children alike, exercise is linked to better sleep!
If you have a child(ren) you think could benefit from starting a fitness program with a professional coach, don’t hesitate to contact us now. It’s never too soon to focus on your health.