Advice by Sport
As the fifth wave of Covid-19 sweeps across Hong Kong, many children are confined to their homes. This can lead to feelings of negativity and a lack of motivation. By ensuring that your child stays active, you can help to strengthen their muscles, bones and cardiovascular system as well as improve their emotion and mental and physical resilience.
According to research from the Harvard Medical School, exercise can help to reduce levels of stress hormones and stimulate the production of mood-boosting endorphins, a type of chemical released in the brain that acts as a natural painkiller and produces feelings of pleasure. Massachusetts General Hospital has proven that exercise protects against depression – a 15-minute jog or 1-hour walk each day reduces the risk of depression by 26%. There is a wealth of research to demonstrate that children who do regular exercise are less likely to suffer from depression. Also, exercise helps to defer fight-or-flight response, reduce aggression and anxiety, and keep claim.
Exercises are a safe outlet for venting negative emotions through their bodies. They help to reduce anger and aggressive behaviors, and to promote positive thinking. As a parent, you can do exercises together with your children – to begin with, choose something simple and watch how your children learn. Once they have mastered some basic exercises, you can let them try advanced ones and motivate them to get beyond themselves. If your children encounter difficulties, encourage them to keep trying, for example, telling them to take a rest and try again. This will help to foster a positive mindset for dealing with setbacks and overcoming challenges.
From high-intensity training to simple stretching, keeping active will help to improve your children’s physical and mental health and ensure that they maintain a positive mindset.