How Exercise Helps Your Child Develop Lifetime Coping Skills | Stephen Almada

Even in good times, childhood and adolescence are difficult. But the last three years have been particularly tough for the youth.

For years there has been a global child and adolescent mental health crisis that has only gotten worse. A year after the pandemic began, a national child and adolescent mental health emergency was declared.

Unlike physical ailments, mental health problems tend to go untreated in childhood and continue into adulthood. With the uncertainty clouding our children’s futures, we need social leadership to declare a national emergency to protect our children’s mental health.

Research shows that exercise improves the mental health of children and adolescents. In addition, exercise is effective in treating anxiety and depression in clinical and healthy populations; Develops greater self-esteem and coping with self-efficacy under stress.

Consequently, I have advocated school-based formal exercise training (FET) to promote and protect children’s mental health.

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Life is stressful, but none of us are born knowing how to handle life’s stresses and function effectively. We as a society have an obligation to provide our children with lifelong tools to maximize the improvement benefits of stress.