Growing up Strong

Growing Up Strong / Have a Healthy Attitude

Physical activity helps more than your muscles, staying active also helps your mind and your mood.  Exercise has psychological benefits in young people that can improve their control over symptoms of anxiety and depression; assist in social development by providing chances for self-expression, building self-confidence, social interaction and integration.

Children and youth aged 5-17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. Physical activity can include play, games, sports, chores, recreation, physical education, or planned exercise.

The key to your children maintaining a healthy mind is to maintain a healthy body.  Practice these tips below to help your child stay strong and happy.

Tips on Creating a Healthy Attitude

    • Exercise. Fitness and exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good and feel healthy.
    • Eat well. The body and mind connection is a powerful thing. How we eat directly influences our mental outlook.
    • Get Out. Being outside does wonders for almost everyone. In fact, the more contact with nature we have, the better we feel.
    • Get Stress Relief. Using stress management techniques can be very helpful in reducing your negativity.
    • Laugh Often. They say that laughter is the best medicine, and that a life full of smiling and laughing, from whatever cause will uplift you, and make you more vibrant and healthy.
    • Get plenty of rest. Sleep refreshes you, gives you more energy, and relieves stress.


Click here http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au to get more information and ideas for physical activity that will help your child maintain a healthy mind.