Let's think about unplugging your teens and kids this summer and getting involved in other activities.
Yes, they will stop moving when there is a screen in front of their faces. It could be a TV screen or a computer screen but if they can see it they immediately assume a seated position and time will be lost. So even the most active children can have moments of lazy times in front of the TV or playing a video game. This becomes a problem if you would not recognize your child standing up or without that glazed look he gets while staring at the TV.
Sedentary activities can be allowed if they are monitored and do not become a lifestyle. In today’s world of video games, iPods, Tablets, and texting we see more kids preferring to exercise their fingers over their bodies. As parents we need to encourage a healthy way to stay active and burn off excess fat and calories before it becomes a problem.
Since children naturally have a ton of energy and love to play then engaging them in physical activity should not be too difficult. It is recommended that a child get 60 minutes of moderately intense exercise a day.
The one hour can be split up in half or quarters but the main goal is to make them sweat for more than not cleaning their rooms for at least 60 minutes daily. This alone can have a tremendous effect on keep their weight now and keeping them healthy.
Ways to keep your child active:
- Martial Arts
- Join a team sport
- Take the dog for job or a long walk
- Bike riding
- A quick morning routine of jumping jacks, running in place, push-ups and crunches followed by more activity later in the day.
- Raking leaves
- Doing yard work for an elderly neighbor
- Walking a neighbor’s dog
- Toss a football
- Go on a nature hunt.
- Play catch in the front yard.
Make this a family activity and everybody wins. Families who are active have active children. With a rise in childhood obesity it is essential that we find activities the children enjoy. One of the best ways to encourage an activity is by making it a family sport or activity.
Everyone in the family will benefit from working out together.
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