Working out. Exercising. Physical fitness. No matter what you call it, you’re likely to hear an audible ugh from some people. While it might not be everyone’s favorite thing, it’s incredibly important to your overall health. This is especially true for children because an early foundation of fitness helps to prevent a wide variety of health issues later in life. At Hot Ground Gym in Vernon Hills, we’re passionate about giving kids a fun place to be active. Today, we’re going to dive into the first of our two-part series looking at the benefits of childhood fitness. If you are looking for a kid-friendly gym for your little ones to exercise in, call Hot Ground Gym today!

Strengthens the Heart

You might not think of it this way, but your heart is actually a muscle. How do you make muscles stronger? Well, you exercise them, of course. Regular physical activity makes the heart stronger and more efficient, while also improving your ability to fend off heart disease. By exercising early in life, you ensure your heart will stay healthy as you get older. With the United States Department of Health and Human Services reporting heart disease as the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is never too early to start prevention.

Clear Arteries, Clear Veins

With regular exercise, cholesterol and fat levels in the bloodstream are reduced. Not only does this help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, but it also helps to lower blood pressure. Working out also helps to improve the flexibility of the walls of blood vessels and circulation. Because the circulatory system is responsible for ensuring every part of our body is getting the oxygen, blood, and nutrients they need, improved circulation is very beneficial no matter your age.

Stronger Lungs

Physical activity also has a huge impact on our ability to breathe. When you work out at a high level, it improves your lung capacity, which means you’re able to breathe much more efficiently. Efficient breathing means you’re bringing in good levels of oxygen while getting rid of carbon dioxide and other waste gasses from within. A sedentary lifestyle reduces the amount of oxygen we’re able to take in, something that also occurs as we get older. When you strengthen your lungs at a young age, you’re in a better position to maintain your oxygen intake levels for years to come.

Blood Sugar Management

Regular exercise helps your body manage blood sugar levels, which ensures that sugar doesn’t accumulate and stagnate in the bloodstream. Instead, that sugar is turned into energy that keeps the body going. This is hugely beneficial, as it helps to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Weight Control

As more and more children find themselves living a more sedentary lifestyle, childhood obesity is on the rise. That is because when you’re sedentary, you’re taking in more calories than you’re burning, which leads to the production of excess fat. Physical activity helps to use those calories as energy, which helps burn fat and control weight gain. Not only is lowered weight helpful for heart health, but it is also vital to the fight against diabetes.

That brings us to the conclusion of part one in our series exploring some of the benefits of childhood fitness. Keep an eye on this blog for part two next week as we give you more tips for how physical activity can help your child stay healthy and happy as they grow up. If you’re looking for a fun and safe place where your kids can build a love for exercise, look no further than Hot Ground Gym in Vernon Hills! Call today to learn more about our Junior Boots™ program.