Exercise and Fitness for Your Child
Childhood obesity is becoming a growing problem in many countries. Some situations are so bad that children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a disease that used to be isolated to older, overweight adults. As parents, it is our responsibility to help keep your child’s nutrition, weight, and fitness in check. A great way to do this is by getting your children to exercise more often. This can help them to lose weight and simply be more healthy.
Ways to Add Exercise and Fitness to Your Child’s Day:
- Sign them up for group sports. These are not only a great way to get a workout, they also promote socialization and self pride. Plus, most kids think sports are fun. If you find a sport your child really likes, they’ll want to practice all the time and get more and more exercise. Try to enroll your child in a sport that promotes aerobic activity.
- Don’t rely completely on sports. Some kids just don’t like sports. If this is the case, you need to make adjustments to the exercise and fitness plan. If they really don’t enjoy it, find something else for them to do. Many fitness centers offer exercise classes for children including martial arts, dance, and even yoga.
- Work out together. Children learn a lot of their behavior from their family. That means, if you sit around all day and don’t work out, that’s probably what they’re going to do. You should set a good example for your child by getting regular exercise. A great way for you to both get a workout is to find something you both enjoy and do it together.
- Make it fun. You may enjoy the quiet time you get while running on a treadmill, but your child is probably going to complain. Instead of doing normal adult fitness workout routines, make up games, play sports, or dance. It doesn’t really matter what it is, just make sure it’s fun and entertaining for your child. Just be creative.
- Cut back on T.V. and video games. The best way to keep your child from playing too many video games is to stop the problem before it starts. If you allow your child to veg in front of the T.V. for hours at a time and then cut back, they’re going to be angry. It’s best to limit times of inactivity from a young age. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to give up the games, buy games that require physical activity like Dance Revolution or various games available on the Nintendo Wii. This is a great compromise where you both win.
- Fit it in where you can. Today children have busy schedules just like adults do. If you don’t have a large open chunk of time for your kids to work in physical fitness, you can squeeze in small activities when you do have a few minutes free.
These are just a few ways to work exercise into your child’s life. They may be resistant to fitness at first, but keep trying. Starting good exercise habits when your child is young is a vital part of a healthy adult lifestyle.