No matter your child’s fitness level, both their physical and mental fitness is an important part of life. If you’re seeking guidance or looking for comprehensive youth fitness services, turn to Blair Beltzer, MD, and the compassionate team at Ignite One. They provide youth fitness programs to patients in Montclair, New Jersey, through telehealth visits. Call the practice or schedule a fitness consultation online today to learn more.
Youth fitness focuses on your child’s health, lifestyle, and weight management, helping them keep an active and happy life. In general, this term relates to their optimal physical health and mental wellness.
One of the types of fitness people talk about most is physical fitness, which refers to your body systems’ ability to work together efficiently and effectively. If you’re physically fit, your child can easily perform everyday physical activities.
Your provider measures your child’s physical fitness based on the following categories:
However, physical fitness is also closely related to their mental well-being.
An equally important type of fitness is mental fitness. Mental fitness relates to happiness, contentment, and concentration, along with depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health conditions.
Mental fitness also relates to cognitive functioning or the way your child’s brain works to help them carry out regular functions. It can also encompass how they relate to the world around them.
Both physical and mental fitness work together to help your child with daily tasks but also affect their quality of life.
Physical and mental fitness are inextricably intertwined. For example, when your child exercises, the level of the “feel good” chemical dopamine increases in their brain. As oxygen floods the brain as they work out, they become more mentally agile.
In addition, exercise may help children relieve stress and combat low moods.
In turn, mental fitness helps them concentrate, be more productive, feel more confident, and use their time more wisely. This allows your child to dedicate more time to physical fitness to keep healthy.
With the comprehensive fitness programs at Ignite One, your child can pursue fitness in all kinds of ways. The practice offers access to and guidance for activities such as:
Your provider can also help them put together effective weight loss plans. If you’re interested, Ignite One can get your child or teen started on the path to success. They may also recommend supplements to help them receive all the nutrients they need for optimal fitness.
Some exercises, like therapeutic recreation, improve physical health and mental wellness simultaneously. Through mindfulness techniques, they can strengthen their mind while improving their mental fitness and boosting their confidence.
If you’re interested in learning more about the youth fitness programs at Ignite One, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.