He physical exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, and in that healthy lifestyle there is also food and rest. “Normally, a child or adolescent who leads a healthy lifestyle related to sports also tends to lead a more orderly life, with more regular schedules, which includes rest,” Patri Psicóloga tells us.
On the other hand, he adds: “having to fit sport into their schedule forces them to organize themselves (to be able to study, meet friends…etc) and prioritize the things that are important, which leads them to take everything a lot to the day. And this has an impact on our rest, due to the pleasant sensation that it produces to feel that we have fulfilled our duties & rdquor ;.
The psychologist also lists us what are the benefits of practicing sports on a regular basis and how this has a positive impact on rest:
Take care of our cognitive functions (memory, attention and concentration), so it also helps us to study. “Even if you have less time to study, you will make the most of it & rdquor ;.
Helps regulate our neurotransmitters. All neurotransmitters are related to our sense of well-being (serotonin, melatonin, endorphins…), which improves our mood. “What prevents the night from coming and we do not start ruminating negative thoughts & rdquor ;.
Exercise is a way to release excess energy. All people, but children and adolescents even more, have the need to wear out (our body is prepared to run, jump, not to spend all day in a chair). “Exercise helps them regulate their energy, makes them feel more tired at the end of the day and sleep better.”
Never punish without sport
Sometimes, when our son does not behave how we think he should, we resort to punishment (something Patri is strongly opposed to). And what are those punishments? Many times they are focused on not allowing our children to play sports or do their favorite activity. “Just as you would never punish your children without brushing their teeth or without sleeping, you cannot punish them without doing a healthy activity such as sports & rdquor ;.
Patri insists that with these types of decisions we are harming the physical and emotional health of our children. “Playing sports is essential, as we have already explained, so that our children rest better, improve their cognitive functions, use up excess energy… If we prevent them from doing sports, we will be harming their health.”
Physical activity, yes, but when is the best time?
Physical exercise is a cognitive activator. Many people complain that practicing sports activates them so much that it delays the arrival of sleep at night. “If our son is one of these people, the logical thing is that the physical exercise is done in the early afternoon, between 5 and 6, so until they go to bed they have time to disconnect cognitively.”