Daily exercise is a must for children's physical and mental well-being

I mostly agree with the article, School struggle is real, give teens a break (KT, Dec 15), and liked that the newspaper is focusing on such important issues. However, the article missed out on a very important tip that has been proven time and again to have short- and long-term positive effects on our well-being. I am talking about 'exercising'.
Lack of physical activity contributes to depression and bad moods. We all should make room for at least half an hour of exercise every day. More on the lines of the Dubai Fitness Challenge that encourages us to dedicate just 30 minutes for our good health. Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind, and relieve stress. It doesn't matter what it is - walking, cycling, swimming, or even dancing - physical activity is good. Activities that involve other people can be particularly helpful.
The younger generation need to incorporate sports in their daily life so it becomes a habit, like brushing teeth.
I am a father of three, two of whom managed to beat exam stress by enrolling in active daily sports. They have had successful results and career outcome.
The best things in life are free and exercise is certainly one of them.
- Dr Iyad Hussein, Dubai

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