Have you ever wanted to bottle up a child’s energy? I know I have. I would love to wake up with as much energy as my son who is ready to run around the block as soon as his eyes open. You can always find a kid moving and playing actively, right? I have four kids and three of the four never stop moving. Wait! 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:
Join a team sport.
Take the dog for job or a long walk.
A quick morning routine of jumping jacks, running in place, push-ups and crunches followed by more activity later in the day.
Doing yard work for an elderly neighbor
Walking a neighbor’s dog
Toss a football
Go apple picking.
Go on a nature hunt.
Play catch in the front yard.
There are plenty of ways to keep moving. It seems so many try to calm their child down or have them satisfied by video games and TV. This will not give children the physical activity or mental stimulation they need to live a healthy life. A lot of that pent up frustration and fidgety behavior is an active kid just waiting to throw a football or go on a nature walk. 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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