Physical activity has endless benefits for the body, mind and spirit. In addition to the positive physical impact that exercise has on the body, it also is beneficial to a child’s mental health. Studies show that exercise helps children build confidence and better manage anxiety and depression. Researchers found that children with behavioral disorders that participated in cybercycling had improved classroom functioning. Visual stimulation such as cybercycling motivates children with Autism, ADHD, anxiety and other mood disorders to engage in physical activity. This supports evidence that exercise is beneficial mentally as well as physically in children with behavioral challenges.
The article also discusses the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of other mental conditions such as bipolar, schizophrenia and grief. Exercise is a great way to release stress and cope with anxieties that come with daily life. Dr. Christina Hibbert, a clinical psychologist, believes that the younger we engage in physical activity the healthier we will be. She believes that the best way for parents to help their child be more active is to make a habit out of exercise while making it a fun bonding experience. She suggests activities such as bike riding, playing outside and anything to get your body moving.
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