The exercise is a determining factor in the growth of children. Likewise, not all sports contribute to their development in the same way. These are the sports that your children should practice to boost the growth of their bones and muscles.
Exercise plays an important role in the growth of children. Height is indeed a factor that is determined in the DNA, and, no matter how much exercise they do, children can’t modify their genes. However, according to the Spanish Society of Adolescent Medicine, if they do not practice during this stage of their life, they probably do not reach the height they have inherited from their parents.
The reason is that the regular practice of physical exercise, apart from helping to strengthen bones and muscles, stimulates the segregation of growth hormone and delays the production of sex hormones, which will cause adolescents to delay their “final stretch”.
But doing some sport is not only essential for your physical health, but a significant number of studies also reveal that the practice of exercise during childhood reduces the risk of mental illness, such as depression, and enhances social skills.
Now that you know the importance of your children practicing a sport, it is time to decide which extracurricular to target them. These are the sports that most enhance the growth of children and adolescents.
Swimming is one of the most complete sports that exist since it works on muscle power, endurance, and coordination. Also, having to maintain a certain vertical posture in the water, children tend to keep the spine upright while walking or running, which strengthens the back muscles. Finally, by exercising arms and legs at the same time, swimming helps make muscle and bone growth more consistent.
The height of basketball players is not a coincidence: basketball is the sport that most stimulates bone growth. The most advisable thing is that it is practiced since the age of 8, as it is the stage of childhood where the peak of growth occurs. The reason is that the repeated jumps involved in this sport cause the bones to lengthen over time.
Riding a bicycle is another activity closely related to the correct muscle development in childhood. Pedaling favors the development of the legs, which encourages the bones of the lower train to stretch. Also, it prevents the appearance of joint injuries during adulthood.
Finally, dance is another discipline closely related to height. When dancing the children memorize certain postures unconsciously that, as with swimming, they will also repeat when they are outside the dance floor. Also, dance helps strengthen muscles, stretch bones and improve coordination.