We know exercise is great for kids’ growing bodies, but how much do we know about all the other benefits? “When I think about exercise, I actually go to the mental health benefits, first,” says Dr. Shelly Flais, mother of four, national AAP spokesperson, assistant
professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine and author of several parenting books including “Raising Twins.” That’s right, active playtime is great for kids’ brains, and so much more.
Exercise is even more beneficial if it happens outdoors — yes, even in the dead of winter. Flais tells her teenage patients, “You gotta have some outdoor movement every day just to kind of keep your circadian rhythm, or your internal clock, appropriate.” Outdoor exercise helps us reset the brain, she says.
EXERCISE HELPS CHILDREN’S COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Physical activity helps build more of the kind of lean muscle mass that supports joints and improves kids’ metabolism. This puts them at lower risk for diabetes.
And while body fat in general isn’t necessarily harmful for young people, abdominal fat specifically has been linked with cardiovascular disease and other health issues; combined with healthy food choices, getting a variety of exercise can help reduce that harmful abdominal fat.
PLEASE NOTE: All Registered Participant can attend the workout sessions for $25. The $25 covers the Registered Participant and one child. The cost per session for Non-Registered Participants is $30 for Adults and $20 for Children. If you would like to invite someone to accompany you at your session, please feel free to do so. On the initial visit a $30 fee per Adult and $20 per Child will be required. If the adult becomes a Registered Participant after the initial visit all sessions from then on will be $25, which covers the Registered Participant and the child. If the adult or child does not become a Registered Participant the Non-Registered Participant fee remains in effect.
*Locations, Dates, and Times of sessions are subject to change at the discretion of the Brutal Fitness Challenge. Teams have first priority on all sessions.