On Aubaine et Cie, Blaise discusses children’s activity. Regular physical activity contributes to:
- Cardiovascular and metabolic health
- Muscle health
- Bone health
- Developing and strengthening motor skills
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Good self-esteem
- Reduced stress
- Enhanced school performance; and
- Maintaining an active lifestyle in adolescence and adulthood
POSITION STATEMENT ON ACTIVE OUTDOOR PLAY
Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.
Motor Skills Development
Developing and mastering basic motor skills is the best way to enable children to engage in healthy physical activity.Basic motor skills are running, jumping, throwing, catching, swimming, climbing, kicking, dodging, dribbling, hitting, pivoting, rolling and balancing.
It's Not Just About Running!
At a young age, varied activities and learning through play help develop better basic skills than practising a single sport. Early specialization and intense, scheduled practice for a specific activity arecounterproductive. To promote a fun and enjoyable environment, why not add some variations (balls, jumps, playing backwards, quizzes) to your running course?
How much sport is enough?
In 2011, a Canadian scientific expert panel expressed reservations about guidelines published to date by various government authorities. It was recommended that young people engage in “as much physical activity as possible,” because the benefits of physical activity increased proportionately with the amount of activity undertaken.
For those who prefer to rely on more well-known names: organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the World Health Organization all recommend that young people engage in moderate- to high-intensity exercise for at least 60 minutes per day. It is also worth mentioning that even a small amount of physical exercise can be beneficial to young people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
The recommendations of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology:
A little science
Here are the highlights that stand out the count and critical literature review conducted by the Scientific Committee of Kino-Québec.