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Why Kids Need to Get Out and Exercise More

Exercise benefits anyone at any age, but it’s worth noting that turning it into a habit in your formative years paves the way for a better and healthier future. Here on Your First Mud Run, we believe that it’s a parent’s responsibility to cultivate this habit in their children so they can make healthy choices in the future. Signing them up for mud runs for kids or joining an obstacle course race (OCR) as a family, turns exercise into a fun activity and something that they can look forward to. But if you’re still on the fence about the benefits of these activities, here are some reasons why children need to get out and exercise more:

It improves physical health and fitness

Recent health statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and teenagers are obese. Genetics play a part in this, but it can also be blamed on the rise of technology use, coupled with an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise. These factors, however, are preventable through a change in a child’s routine. 

In addition, exercise improves cardiovascular and respiratory health. For example, mud runs are a form of aerobic exercise that boosts heart and lung health. Maintaining high levels of physical activity also boosts metabolism, effectively increasing energy levels to match a kid’s daily activities. This way, exercise helps control weight, develops lean muscle mass, and strengthens bones. By steering clear of childhood obesity through exercise, the risk of developing weight-related illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, in the future radically decreases. 

It helps kids socialize

Letting kids play sports enhances their social skills. Mud runs and OCRs, for instance, require teamwork and coordination. Here, kids get tested on their ability to interact and play well with others, which are essential life skills that they will need in the future. 

It encourages better behavior

If your child is exhibiting behavioral problems, exercise might be an effective solution. A study led by Harvard University students found that structured exercise on school days reduces a child’s tendency to “act out in class” by 50%. The participants were children and teenagers who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or were on the autism spectrum. Having children with behavioral issues in a classroom can be disruptive and interfere with other students’ learning process. Fortunately, the results of the study were promising. Lead researcher April Bowling stated that exercise is not only important for managing behavior in class, but also in forming better relationships with a child’s teachers and peers. 

It reduces stress and enhances focus

The reason your child may not be doing well in school might not have to do with their innate cognitive abilities, but with their psychological wellbeing. The research documented on Maryville University points out that mental health and learning success are connected, which might explain why a child who is experiencing stress and pressure at school is underperforming. Luckily, exercise is a great outlet for stress, which can enhance a child’s ability to concentrate. Moreover, a child’s brain scans from a study conducted by the University of Illinois displayed an increase in cognitive function after a simple 20-minute walk. Children from this study also tested well and showed longer attention spans compared to those who didn’t take a walk.

There’s no doubt that exercise is necessary for developing a child’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Its benefits, earned through physical activities like mud runs and OCRs, are carried throughout adulthood, making for a long, happy, and healthy life.

author: Samantha Harper

Charles Kleinberg
Charles Kleinberg
18:41 30 Sep 19
1. Having only one pit for mud was extremely disappointing. It’s a mud run not a 2 mi jog 2. In the one mud pit, hosing us down was annoying. 3. More activity less calesthenics. There should be others to add It’s a great idea and like it. But for $45, I’m feeling like it’s not enoughread more
David Moreno
David Moreno
19:23 05 Dec 18
It was my first mud run and I enjoyed it. It was challenging and I highly recommend it.
Nancy Morrell
Nancy Morrell
19:39 04 Dec 18
Great fun as a family! Plus entrance to the waterpark! Made for a great weekend..cant wait for the next one!!
Ashlee Pike
Ashlee Pike
19:12 29 Nov 18
This event couldn't be better! Took my 12yr old cousin and we had a blast! The obstacles are fun for kids and adults alike. The staff were friendly and encouraging as well. I'm definitely doing this again, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who's ever wanted to try a mud run:)read more
Jorgen Cardona
Jorgen Cardona
20:51 28 Nov 18
The experience was a blast, love it. but i think the weather did nit cooparate that day. It was very cold and windy and nit sunny, even though the sun came out a little bit. At the end they should have had a place with heaters on. Everything else was very well organize. Will do it again hopefully.read more
Lizzette Del Valle
Lizzette Del Valle
18:53 28 Nov 18
I had a great experience and enjoyed myself so much. Considering that was my first Mud Run I was apprehensive at first, but so glad I went thru with it. We will definitely be there again next year.read more
Dawn Fields
Dawn Fields
20:12 21 Dec 17
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! We had a FABULOUS time at Your First Mud Run. It was really my first mud run. The obstacles were fun and exciting. The company I worked for brought Your First Mud Run to our office as a charitable fundraiser. Everyone had an exciting and marvelous time. I HIGHLY recommend that if you are an organization looking for a fun event for your employees and want to raise money for a charity at the same time, contact them. The staff was friendly and a pleasure to work with. It was the easiest event we ever planned for the company because they handle everything. All we did was showed up and had a GRAND TIME. I highly recommend it to everyone.read more
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