Have you ever wondered how come your little one runs around all day long without getting tired? Since she reached this new milestone, she just doesn’t stop. She has smaller muscles than you, gives more steps per second and they are clumsy, which also consumes more energy. Despite this, it seems she never runs out of energy, while you tag along feeling exhausted.
Turns out we do have the answer. Repeated experiments have shown that your little one’s muscles tend to fatigue less than adult’s muscles. This is due to a special fiber in them, that helps her get most of her energy from aerobic pathways, instead of getting it from her muscles, as we do. She doesn’t need to rely as much on her muscles, and she can recover very quickly.
What does this mean?
According to some of these conclusions, running at a young age, when muscles are at the stage of aerobic use, can have great benefits on your little one. How? You can help her benefit from short, high-intensity exercise that focuses on movement skills and muscular strength, such as running. It will improve her muscle strength, as well as her balance and coordination, taking advantage of her endurance at this stage.
When she does this type of exercise, she will recover quickly, and the impact will be greater than the one an adult would experiment. Besides, by fostering this type of activity you are encouraging her to make it a habit. Going out, running around, being physically active can predict a better health and reduce risks of diseases.
As she grows, her ability to get aerobic energy will decrease, so it becomes important for her to have strong muscles to back her up, as well as the habit of performing physical activity. This will help her develop her muscles and, as she grows, keep both of these energy sources, which will foster a good health, a better coordination and a happy child.
Another study also compared physical activity and school grades. This Swedish study suggests that doubling the amount of time spent doing physical education at school has a positive impact on children’s academic achievement. It might be due to the emotional state exercise evokes or to the fact that they are healthier.
Either way, now is a great time to take advantage of your little one’s developmental quirks and have her move! Stay by her side and get involved in her activities. Playing catch, going to the park, or simply going out for a walk can go a long way in predicting her future skills. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!