Along with strength, balance, and flexibility, kids need to build endurance as part of their overall fitness and health. Endurance develops from aerobic activities and leads to a healthier heart and cardiovascular system.
According to the CDC, kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day that includes aerobic conditioning, as well as muscle and bone-strengthening activities.
“Most of your child’s daily 60 minutes of physical activity should be aerobic activities, like walking, running, or anything that makes their hearts beat faster. In addition, encourage them to do aerobic activities at least three days a week that make them breathe fast and their hearts pound.” (source)
There are a variety of activities that increase a child’s aerobic endurance, making them breathe faster and increasing their heart rate. Many kids participate in sports like soccer and swimming. But martial arts is also an excellent way for kids to develop endurance. And when it comes to building endurance through kids martial arts classes, the training benefits each student both physically and mentally.
Practicing martial arts takes discipline and effort. But with time and repetition, students learn to perform a variety of skills. Training leads to the ability to practice for longer periods of time and maintaining good form even when tired.
In addition to increases in physical endurance, kids martial arts classes also promote mental endurance. The training, drills, and repetition help students develop skills like persistence and a willingness to keep going, even when they get tired.
Martial arts classes are a great way to build endurance, as well as to get regular physical activity. And strong, healthy, fit kids are more likely to become strong, healthy, and fit adults!
Contact us at The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia if you’re interested in learning more about kids martial arts and all the benefits.