Building confidence through physical exercise

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As parents, one of our most important jobs is helping build our kids’ self-confidence. Children who believe in themselves and their own abilities are better able to overcome challenges, achieve goals and ultimately take control of their own life.

There are many ways to develop a child’s self-confidence. In this article, we’re going to focus on the benefits of physical activity and why experts believe exercise is a fundamental part of building confidence in children.

Exercise makes you happy

Confidence and happiness are inextricably linked. According to the American Psychological Association, children who are happy are more likely to feel good about themselves. And, unsurprisingly, the inverse is also true: kids who feel confident in their own skin tend to be naturally happier and more content in life.

Where does exercise come into this? Well, there’s an abundance of research that shows physical activity is a powerful mood elevator and can have a profoundly positive effect on a child’s mental health.

For example, a review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that physical activity can help reduce depression and anxiety in children while improving self-esteem and cognitive functioning.

Exercise isn’t a magic happiness potion, but physical activity can help kids feel mentally engaged and more confident to take on challenges in the classroom, on the sportsfield and beyond.

Progress builds self-belief

Exercise doesn’t just build physical strength - it builds mental fortitude, too. Physical activity gives children the opportunity to see what they can achieve when they put effort into meeting their goals, which is crucial for developing strong self-confidence.

Every time you exercise, you can see evidence of your hard work. You grow faster, stronger and more adept at your sport. A movement that wasn’t possible a month ago is now doable. In another month, that seemingly impossible movement is now just part of your warmup.

There’s a clear, tangible sense of progression, which helps kids understand that they can achieve almost anything when they really put their mind to it and practice. Physical activity provides children with a strong sense of accomplishment, and there are always opportunities for setting new, higher goals.

Setting the foundation

Here at WorldTrainer China, we’re firm believers that exercise is a critical part of developing a child’s self-confidence. Our youth academy has been carefully designed to help kids cultivate a love for physical activity and healthy living from a young age. Check back soon for more updates about our upcoming Youth Camp!

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