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Give Your Kid a Self-Esteem Boost!

Let's dive into another exciting topic that can boost your child's well-being: self-esteem. You might have heard that exercise isn't just great for physical health, but it can also have a positive impact on your child's mental well-being and self-esteem.

Kids these days are facing pressures and negative influences that we never had to deal with growing up. This can cause all kinds of psychological and behavioural problems in children.

But here's the awesome news – building up their self-esteem can be a powerful shield against those challenges. The importance of nurturing your kid's self-esteem so that they're able to stand against these challenges cannot be overstated.

Recent research on this topic has produced some fantastic news! It suggests that exercise can actually have a positive effect on self-esteem in children and young people, even in the short term.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the profound link between physical activity, preschool development, and mental health. We will look at research and discover if getting your kids moving and active, will actually give their self-esteem a wonderful boost.

Get ready to dive into the Fitkidz way of supercharging your child's development!

The Connection Between Exercise and Mental Well-being

You know what they say: a confident child is a strong child. But did you know that this saying has actually been proven by scientific research?

Researchers have found a direct link between exercise and mental well-being. Which means that physical activity doesn't just make those little muscles stronger; it empowers your child's mind and spirit too!

Scientists already had strong evidence showing how exercise benefits physical health, but there was still a bit of a gap when it came to the mental health benefits aspect of exercise. They asked themselves the following question: since exercise is great for your body, is it good for the mind too?

This is a subject of ongoing investigation, and recent studies are beginning to shed light on this important facet of well-being. In fact, it has shown that exercise has proven to be somewhat of a rockstar when it comes to mental health.

Let's dig into some of this research to find out about how exercise can be a game-changer for your child's self-esteem.

The Preschool Phase: Pivotal for Physical and Emotional Growth

The preschool years are crucial to a child's development. It's during these years that the stage is set for the champions of tomorrow.

We're talking about preschool physical development and building a rock-solid foundation for your child's future.

The formative years are a period of rapid growth, physically and mentally. Gross motor activities, which are so integral to this phase, emerge as potential catalysts in shaping self-esteem.

Which means that the vigour with which children engage in activities like running, climbing, and playing during these years can have far-reaching implications for their future well-being.

In fact, ensuring that your kid gets the right kind of development during those formative years will not only ensure that they build strong bodies, but will also supercharge their self-esteem.

Research, Play, and Radiant Self-Esteem

Recent research has uncovered the incredible impact of exercise on your child's self-esteem.

Researchers performed controlled trials where the participants were kids and young folks aged 3 to 20 years. A total of 23 trials involving 1821 children and young people were conducted.

These trials involved exercises that were focused on getting those gross motor skills in action for more than four weeks.

They wanted to see if they could measure what impact exercise had on the self-esteem of those youngsters. In other words, these trials were focused on understanding the impact of exercise on self-esteem – how confident and good the exercises made them feel about themselves.

What researchers found were truly astonishing. The more thorough studies revealed a clear link between exercise and higher self-esteem. Even the less thorough studies clearly showed the positive influence that exercise had on how the children felt about themselves.

As part of the broader research program, they also performed trials that looked at exercise as part of a bigger plan, like a comprehensive program. The researchers found that exercise, when included in a larger strategy, could be even more effective in boosting self-esteem.

Small Trials, Big Lessons

It's important to acknowledge the characteristics of these trials. Many of them fall on the smaller side, a reflection of the challenges of conducting extensive research involving young participants.

So while these findings are super promising, more research is needed to fully understand the long-term impacts and how different types of exercise might work their magic.

The journey of discovering the links between exercise and self-esteem doesn't end here. We still need more well-designed research to truly understand the power of exercise in boosting self-esteem.

This means we've got a taste of the awesome potential, but we're not at the finish line just yet. But while we wait for more research, it's clear that exercise could be a key ingredient in the recipe for raising self-assured and happy kids.

Shaping Your Child's Self-Esteem Blueprint

The results from all this research is pretty exciting! It shows that exercise does indeed have a positive effect on the self-esteem of kids and young people.

Since exercise is known to bring so many positive effects on physical health and has no known negative effects, it could be a fantastic tool for boosting your child's self-esteem.

By encouraging your young champs to be active, you're not just helping them stay physically fit. You're also giving them a secret weapon to feel confident, capable, and ready to take on the world.

It's like giving them a confidence workout! So, parents and future sports stars, keep that positive energy flowing and those bodies moving!


At Fitkidz where we're all about turning exercise into exciting adventures for preschool champs! Fitkidz isn't just about today's fun; it's about nurturing a lifelong love for fitness and play.

We're your partners in nurturing growth, confidence, and a lifelong love for staying active.

We invite you to dive into the Fitkidz way – where exercise is adventure, and play is the path to empowerment. With us, your child isn't just moving; they're growing, thriving, and discovering the joy of being a confident, energetic champion.

From running and climbing to playing games that ignite the imagination, we're here to guide your child through this transformative phase. Our mission is to infuse every leap, every jump, and every playful move with a boost of self-esteem.

Remember, we're here to support you every step of the way as you help your children thrive both on and off the field. Let's boost that self-esteem and let their inner stars shine!


  • Ekeland E, Heian F, Hagen KB, Abbott J, Nordheim L. Exercise to improve self-esteem in children and young people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(1):CD003683. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003683.pub2. PMID: 14974029.

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