Sum­mer is time for kids to get ac­tive

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

SUM­MER is the per­fect time to get the kids off the couch and get them ac­tive.

Re­cent find­ings from Curtin Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Sport and Recre­ation Re­search showed chil­dren who were more phys­i­cally ac­tive were smarter and had bet­ter mem­o­ries, be­hav­iour, mo­tor skills, con­cen­tra­tion and rea­son­ing, as well as en­joy­ing health ben­e­fits.

For year-round op­tions, Kidz ‘ n Sport gives chil­dren aged three to nine the chance to take part in a fun ex­er­cise pro­gram with oth­ers their age.

Kidz ‘ n Sport fran­chisor Michael Mel­lor said there were a range of pro­grams on of­fer, from skill de­vel­op­ment for three and four year olds ti the chance to work on mul­tisport skills for pri­mary school chil­dren.

“We cre­ate an amaz­ing en­vi­ron­ment for young chil­dren to de­velop con­fi­dence in play­ing sport,” he said.

“There is now over­whelm­ing sci­en­tific proof that ex­er­cise helps and ac­tu­ally speeds up cog­ni­tive de­vel­op­ment and that reg­u­lar ex­er­cise has a ma­jor part to play not only in the phys­i­cal but also psy­cho­log­i­cal well­be­ing of chil­dren and adults.

“As the world has be­come more tech­no­log­i­cally ori­ented, chil­dren are sit­ting and are in­volved in more seden­tary tasks but they need to spend time out­doors get­ting ex­er­cise to bal­ance their day.

“Teach­ing chil­dren how to catch, throw, run, move, jump, hit and kick balls and play sport en­ables them to grasp skills that will last a life­time.”

For more, visit www.kidzn­

Yoga in­struc­tor Marnie Gal­vanin says sum­mer is a good time for kids to be ac­tive and play sport out­doors.

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