The physical benefits of running and exercise for children are numerous and can last a lifetime. In addition to improving cardiovascular health and preventing diseases such as type 2 diabetes and conditions associated with excessive weight gain, recent research shows that resistance exercise during early puberty is beneficial for long-term bone health.
Research has also shown that aerobic exercise can increase brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to adapt and reshape itself to suit experience and environment) and brain resilience (meaning the brain can better adapt to acute stress or injury).
Our hand-eye coordination, reaction speed and development of muscle fibers are laid down in childhood. Research shows that the greater the variety of physical activity children have, the easier it is for them to find activities and sports as adults.