School’s out, the weather’s getting warmer, and your child is hopefully outside having fun. Active kids are likely flush-faced and sweating. This is good, although some kids sweat more than others.
Here are four reasons from Fitday that it’s good for kids to sweat during physical activity:
- Sweating indicates our bodies are working hard. If your child is active outdoors for an hour a day, and she works up a sweat during that time, that’s a good indication she’s getting the exercise she needs. Most Canadian kids aren’t getting enough active play. Only about seven percent of children meet the required 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
- Sweating is good for the system. It is associated with faster breathing, accelerated metabolism, improved circulation, and a heart that’s working hard.
- Sweating opens skin pores, helping to flush dirt, toxins, and other impurities that exit our bodies through our pores. Just make sure that your kids follow-up their sweat-cleanse with a shower or bath.
- Sweating boosts the immune system. It provides your child with an all-natural method of fighting disease. When the body heats up through exercise, it generates more white blood cells, which are good for the immune system.
So when you’re outside with your child this summer having fun and developing physical literacy, make sure she works up a sweat.