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Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingPPhysical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingPhysical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingEnglishPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-05-22T04:00:00Z11.400000000000047.0000000000000738.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover how physical activity can improve your child's physical health, brain function and mood.</p><p>Regular physical activity helps your child develop in ​a range of ways. Not only does it help their physical health, but it also helps improve their brain function and emotional wellbeing.</p><h3>Top 3: What are the benefits of physical activity?</h3><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5-SgF18bCHQ" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br></div><p>For more videos from SickKids experts in collaboration with Youngster, visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKMd2cYwegtZX19uHdNLQA">Youngster on YouTube</a>.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy and can improve mental health by decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain and loneliness.</li><li>Physical activity can also improve focus, school performance, sleep and energy levels.</li><li>Children who participate in regular physical activity enjoy improved relationships and a more positive body image.</li></ul><h2>Resources</h2><p><a href="https://meant2prevent.ca/">Meant2Prevent</a> to find more resources about the importance of physical activity.</p><p><a href="https://participaction.cdn.prismic.io/participaction/e6cb2b35-2d29-4539-80ee-515a0ae9dfb3_2018_expert_statement_on_physical_activity_and_brain_health_in_children_and_youth.pdf">ParticipACTION’s Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health for Children and Youth</a></p>
Activité physique : bienfaits pour la santé et le bien-êtreAActivité physique : bienfaits pour la santé et le bien-êtrePhysical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingFrenchPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-04-13T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez comment l’activité physique peut améliorer la santé physique, le fonctionnement du cerveau et l’humeur de votre enfant.</p><p>Une activité physique régulière contribue à la croissance de votre enfant de différentes façons. Non seulement contribue-t-elle à sa santé physique, mais elle aide aussi à améliorer le fonctionnement de son cerveau et son bien-être émotionnel.</p> <br><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>L’activité physique garde le corps fort et en santé. Elle améliore la santé mentale en diminuant la dépression, l’anxiété, la douleur et la solitude.</li> <li>L’activité physique améliore la concentration, le rendement scolaire, le sommeil et le niveau d’énergie.</li> <li>Ceux qui font de l’activité physique sur une base régulière ont de meilleurs liens avec les autres et une image plus saine de leur corps.</li> </ul><h2>Ressources</h2><p>Consultez <a href="https://prevenirpourdevenir.ca/">Prévenir Pour Devenir</a> pour plus de ressources sur l'importance de l'activité physique.</p>
运动:运动对健康和提高幸福感的好处运动:运动对健康和提高幸福感的好处Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingChineseSimplifiedPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-05-22T04:00:00Z1329.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>了解运动如何有助于提升孩子的身体健康、促进大脑功能和情绪状态。</p><p>经常的运动有助于孩子在多方面发展。运动不仅有助于孩子的身体健康,还可以提高他们的大脑功能和情绪状态。</p><h2>要点</h2><ul><li>运动可以保持身体强壮健康,还有助于缓解抑郁、焦虑、疼痛和孤独等症状,从而改善心理健康。</li><li>运动也可以提高注意力、学习成绩、睡眠质量和体能。</li><li>经常参加运动的孩子更善于处理人际关系,并且呈现出更积极健康的形象。</li></ul>

 

 

Health & wellnessHealth & wellnessHealth & wellnessHEnglishNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2018-01-19T05:00:00Z000Landing PageLearning Hub<p>Learn about the importance of routine health care. Also find information about the importance of sleep and physical activity and how much your child should be getting.</p><p>Learn about the importance of routine health care including hand washing, eye and ear care, and dental care (includes some practical posters that can be downloaded and printed out). Also find information about physical activity and its benefits, and how much your child should be getting. Finally, learn about the importance of sleep and how you can help your child get a good night's sleep.<br></p><br> <div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLjJtOP3StIuXsGurS4K0CtD3hJ6eNOL8K" frameborder="0"></iframe><br></div><p>Above is our child health and well-being video playlist. To view other AboutKidsHealth videos, please visit the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Aboutkidshealth">AboutKidsHealth YouTube channel</a>.</p><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Cleanliness and grooming</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information about basic care for your child from the importance of handwashing to how to take care of your babies skin and nails. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=435&language=English">Bath time for newborn babies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=967&language=English">Foreskin care in children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1981&language=English">Handwashing</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=434&language=English">Skin care, nail care and dental care for newborns</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Clothes, toys and equipment</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn about the importance of car seat safety for newborns, babies and children. Also find some information about how to keep your nursery safe for your newborn. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=4105&language=English">Car seat safety for infants and children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=432&language=English">Holding and dressing your newborn baby</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=437&language=English">Nursery equipment safety for newborn babies</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Dental care</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn about basic dental care for your child and find information on some common mouth and tooth disorders. There are also some printable resources to use with your child about brushing their teeth, drinking from a cup and drinking water. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=434&language=English">Skin care, nail care and dental care for newborns</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1994&language=English">Teeth: Dental care for children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3948&language=English">Caring for dental braces while travelling and away from home</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=304&language=English">Teething</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1995&language=English">Tooth injury: First aid</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Mouth and tooth disorders</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=939&language=English">Canker sores</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=940&language=English">Excessive drooling</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=23&language=English">Oral thrush</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Printable Resources</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PDF_Dental_care_brush_every_night.pdf">Poster: Brush every night when teeth are in sight</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PDF_Dental_care_start_a_cup.pdf">Poster: Start a cup as I grow up</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PDF_Dental_care_water_between_meals.pdf">Poster: Water between meals is more than ideal</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Elimination</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information on a variety of topics such as toilet training, functional constipation, diarrhea, anal fissure and urinary tract infections. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=4&language=English">Abnormal-looking stool</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=5&language=English">Anal fissure</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=820&language=English">Antibiotic-associated diarrhea</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=16&language=English">Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=47&language=English">Biofeedback to help your child's bladder control problems</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=48&language=English">Bladder augmentation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=49&language=English">Bladder retraining</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=6&language=English">Constipation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=458&language=English">Constipation and diarrhea in newborns</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=433&language=English">Diapers</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=7&language=English">Diarrhea</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=960&language=English">Functional constipation: Your child's treatment plan</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3&language=English">Soiling (encopresis)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=636&language=English">Toilet training</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=935&language=English">Urinary tract infection</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=510&language=English">Urinary tract infections in babies</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Resources</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/body/interactive?module=bladder-child">How the Body Works: Bladder</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/body/interactive?module=kidney-child">How the Body Works: Kidneys</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Eye and ear care</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn what is involved in taking care of your child eyes and ears. You can learn how often your child should go for an eye examinations and how to put in eye drops or apply eye ointment. You will also find resources about ear infections. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=4168&language=English">Blocked tear ducts</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=750&language=English">Earache</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=8&language=English">Ear infection (otitis media)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1941&language=English">Eye anatomy and function</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=456&language=English">Eye concerns in newborn babies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=995&language=English">Eye drops: How to put in</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1976&language=English">Eye examination for your child​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=996&language=English">Eye ointment: How to apply</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=782&language=English">Pink eye (conjunctivitis)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=747&language=English">Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=424&language=English">The five senses</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Physical activity, sports and fitness</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn how much physical activity your child should be doing, how it will benefit them and how you can promote it in your child. Find information about helmets, concussion and how to manage your child's return to activity after a concussion. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=963&language=English">Concussion: Managing your child's return to everyday activities</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1978&language=English">Finding a weight that is right for you</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=766&language=English">Head injury and concussion</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1966&language=English">Heat-related illness: How to prevent</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1982&language=English">Helmets: How they prevent injury</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1983&language=English">Helmets: How to get your child to wear one</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1950&language=English">Enhancing movement skills in your child</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1953&language=English">Organized sports: A winning formula for children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=641&language=English">Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=642&language=English">Physical activity guidelines for children and teens​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=625&language=English">Promoting a positive body image</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=838&language=English">Sport-related concussion​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1992&language=English">Sports nutrition</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=308&language=English">Sun: Protecting your child's skin</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1949&language=English">The role of active transportation and child-friendly communities</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Routine health care</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information about immunizations and when your child should have them. Also learn how you can reduce or eliminate your baby or child's pain during vaccinations and how to prepare for virtual health-care appointments. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=36&language=English">Blood work: Helping your child get ready</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1986&language=English">Immunization schedule</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1985&language=English">Immunization "catch-up" for children who have not been fully immunized</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=989&language=English">Pain-free injections in babies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=990&language=English">Pain-free injections in children over one year of age</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=491&language=English">Routine health care for your baby</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3889&language=English">Virtual care at SickKids</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3910&language=English">Virtual care: How to accurately measure your child’s height and weight at home</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3981&language=English">Finding a primary health-care provider</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Screen time</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn what screen time is and how it affects your child's physical and mental health. Learn how to work with your child to set healthy limits on their screen time. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=643&language=English">Screen time: Overview</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=644&language=English">How to help your child set healthy screen time limits</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h2 class="panel-title">Sleep</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information about sleep such as making sleep easier for your newborn and how to help your child or teen get a good night's sleep. Learn about some problems that could be preventing your child from getting a good night's sleep such as night terrors. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Babies</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=633&language=English">Babies: Phasing out nighttime feedings</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=447&language=English">Sleep time for newborns</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=446&language=English">States of alertness in newborns</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Older children</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=645&language=English">Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=646&language=English">Sleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleep</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=647&language=English">Sleep tips: How to help your teen get a good night's sleep ​</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span><h3>Sleep problems</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=16&language=English">Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=305&language=English">Night terrors​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"><a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=306&language=English">Sleep problems</a></li></ol></li></ol></div>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/health_and_wellness_learning_hub.jpghealthwellness

 

 

Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing641.000000000000Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingPhysical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingPEnglishPreventionBaby (1-12 months);Toddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-05-22T04:00:00Z11.400000000000047.0000000000000738.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover how physical activity can improve your child's physical health, brain function and mood.</p><p>Regular physical activity helps your child develop in ​a range of ways. Not only does it help their physical health, but it also helps improve their brain function and emotional wellbeing.</p><h3>Top 3: What are the benefits of physical activity?</h3><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5-SgF18bCHQ" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br></div><p>For more videos from SickKids experts in collaboration with Youngster, visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKMd2cYwegtZX19uHdNLQA">Youngster on YouTube</a>.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy and can improve mental health by decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain and loneliness.</li><li>Physical activity can also improve focus, school performance, sleep and energy levels.</li><li>Children who participate in regular physical activity enjoy improved relationships and a more positive body image.</li></ul><h2>Benefits of activity for physical health</h2><p>Regular physical activity helps develop your child’s fundamental <a href="/Article?contentid=1950&language=English">movement skills</a> (i.e. physical literacy). In addition to helping maintain a <a href="/Article?contentid=1978&language=English">healthy body weight</a> physical activity can help <a href="/Article?contentid=1969&language=English">build healthy bones</a>, muscles, heart and lungs. Physical activity also helps your child keep a <a href="/Article?contentid=1978&language=English">healthy body weight</a>.</p><p>While all physical activity is good physical activity, movement at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity (i.e., they type of activity which causes you to breath a bit harder and sweat) is linked to even more health benefits</p><p>Aside from providing general physical benefits, regular activity can also help ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (i.e. PMS) in girls. This is because moderate exercise helps the body produce hormones called endorphins. These are natural painkillers that can ease cramps and back pain as well as improve mood.</p><h2>Benefits of activity for brain function</h2><p>Physical activity plays an important role in developing the brain and supporting essential mental functions. </p><p>Exercise leads to improved motor skills (such as hand-eye co-ordination), better thinking and problem-solving, stronger attention skills and improved learning. Not surprisingly, these all combine to benefit school performance. Even the simple act of playing outside with friends has been linked to children performing better on tests and assignments.</p><h2>Benefits of physical activity for emotional and mental health</h2><p>If your child has <a href="/Article?contentid=19&language=English">symptoms of depression</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=18&language=English">anxiety</a>, or even just an "off" day, physical activity may be the last thing on their mind. However, physical activity can help greatly with maintaining mental wellbeing. "Feel-good" chemicals in the brain, known as endorphins, are released by the brain during physical activity and help to improve mood, energy levels and even sleep. Together, these positive effects help to improve self-confidence and resilience. Kids who get active every day are also better sleepers. </p><h3>Reduced anxiety</h3><p>Children who experience heightened anxiety tend to focus on anxiety-inducing things, which in turn makes them more anxious, so creating a vicious cycle. But, through physical activity, an anxious child can break the cycle by focusing on the demands of the physical activity, developing new skills and achieving a sense of accomplishment. See your doctor if your child shows any <a href="/Article?contentid=271&language=English">signs and symptoms of anxiety</a>.</p><h3>Improved relationships</h3><p>If a child or teen is feeling lonely and unable to make friends, shared physical activities can give them a sense of belonging and companionship. A child or teen with <a href="/Article?contentid=270&language=English">social anxiety​</a> might find it difficult to be in a group environment, but a focus, such as a sport, may relieve some of the social pressure. Over time, the act of sharing experiences with others, developing rapport and working towards common goals can help a child focus and develop the confidence to speak up in class. It can also help foster friendships in school if the activities are school-based.</p><h3>Improved body image (self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence)</h3><p>When your child sees how fun it is to be able to dance, jump, walk, run, stretch and play they are more likely to want to continue enjoying being active throughout their life. Seeing and appreciating what their body can do, rather than how it looks, is a great way for a child to build a positive body image and self-esteem. It is important to help your child develop this awareness as early as possible and to play your part in promoting a healthy body image through your own behaviour.</p><p>The desire to look lean or muscular often becomes stronger during the pre-teen and teen years among both boys and girls. Your child is less likely to develop unhealthy habits to reach a so-called physical ideal if they have a healthy perception of what 'looking good' means, and understand that it comes from healthy, balanced habits.</p><h2>Resources</h2><p><a href="https://meant2prevent.ca/">Meant2Prevent</a> to find more resources about the importance of physical activity.</p><p><a href="https://participaction.cdn.prismic.io/participaction/e6cb2b35-2d29-4539-80ee-515a0ae9dfb3_2018_expert_statement_on_physical_activity_and_brain_health_in_children_and_youth.pdf">ParticipACTION’s Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health for Children and Youth</a></p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Physical_activity_benefits.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Physical_activity_benefits.jpgexercisePhysical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeingFalse

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