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Children and exercise

What Hans doesn't learn, Hans never learns - or with difficulty. This applies to mathematics and languages ​​as well as to physical abilities: If children rarely romp around and do little exercise, this can have a negative impact on their physical activity behavior in adulthood. People who have already exercised regularly in childhood usually do so with joy in adulthood.


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Movement plays a decisive role in the development of physical (motor) and mental (cognitive) skills from the first year of life. Children of kindergarten and elementary school age go through an important phase in their development: During this time, the biological, psychosocial and cognitive foundations are created, which are decisive for further life. A special training program is just as unnecessary at this age as specialization in certain sports. Because children have a natural urge to move. This should not be restricted.

Years seven to twelve are also decisive: now the coordinative learning ability is at the highest level. The coordinative skills (= dexterity) are promoted, for example, when jumping, throwing, running or climbing. This creates good conditions for practicing sports.

Use of exercise for children and young people

Movement promotes the formation of nerve cells in the brain: children who move regularly can concentrate better than those who do not move.

Movement from childhood strengthens, among other things

  • Muscles,
  • Cardiovascular system,
  • Immune system,
  • Lungs and
  • Bone.

Well-developed endurance and strength pays off not only in childhood, but also in later adulthood. A lack of exercise, on the other hand, has a negative effect on the well-being and health of the children: Among other things, it can lead to psychological problems such as emotional restlessness and imbalance. Studies have also shown that "immobile" children and adolescents are more likely to suffer from nervousness and depression than "moved". A lack of exercise is also noticeable physically, especially through poor posture and obesity, but also through a lack of stamina and strength, through muscle tension or back pain.

60 minutes a day

Experts recommend at least 60 minutes of exercise a day for children and young people. The following applies: the younger the children are, the more movement they should be. The little ones can easily get out of breath and sweat. Children have a natural urge to exercise. They automatically train dexterity, coordination, strength and endurance through a mix of different forms of movement (see What is movement?).

Ideal for this are romping around in the open air - for example on a playground - and exercise games with people of the same age (for example ball games). But a small trampoline, a bouncy ball, a jump cord or a wall bars are also fun for children and offer opportunities for movement.

From a certain age, physical abilities can be further developed by learning about sports such as swimming, football, tennis, climbing, running, dancing or cycling. Above all, exercise should be fun. However, pressure to perform can prevent this in early childhood.

Nowadays, the natural urge to move in children is contrasted with inactive lifestyles, such as sitting for long periods in class, watching TV, playing games and chatting on the computer. As a result, children get less exercise as they age. While, according to a study from 2006 in Austria, eleven-year-old schoolchildren move an average of 4.6 days a week for 60 minutes, 15-year-olds do an average of 3.5 days a week.

Further information on the question "How much exercise is healthy?" Can be found in the exercise recommendations for children and young people.

Exercise offers for children

Fit Sport Austria GmbH of the three sports umbrella associations ASKÖ, ASVÖ and Sportunion offers health-oriented exercise offers as part of organized sport for the population. Here you can find more information about the activities for children from Fit Sport Austria..

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