Running is great exercise whatever your age, and encouraging children to participate in sports and activities that involve running is both positive and healthy. Running strengthens bones, helps improve coordination, exercises the cardiovascular system, strengthens muscles and tendons, and is also fun which are all excellent reasons for participation. Of course, it is important to remember that although a parent may be an enthusiastic runner, a child may simply not have that same motivation and because children’s bodies are still developing, caution should be urged when encouraging them to run.