Kids Exercise and Safety
When I was a kid, we didn’t pay much attention to safety. We rode our bikes, climbed trees (fell out of a few, too) ran races, climbed fences and never seemed to get hurt except for the occasional skinned knee or elbow.
Nowadays, studies suggest that more than three million kids get injured while they exercise, no matter what the exercise is: riding their bikes, running or they end up being over heated because they are over exerting themselves. As a result, kids should learn to follow some safety rules when they are participating in any type of exercise.
Before participating in any physical activity, kids need to learn to perform stretching exercises before exercise and they should learn to cool down as well. This of course may be easier said than done. You may also want to have your child checked out by a doctor to ensure he has no conditions that might limit his or her participation in physical activities.
Knee pads, elbow pads, and helmets are the ticket when riding a bike or participating in sports. All equipment should be in good condition before using, including the playground or the park and equipment there.
Water is very important to keep a kid from dehydrating. I’ve trained my son to carry a water bottle everywhere he goes. This is very important especially during the summer months.
While you want your child to have a good time, you need to make sure that any sports teams or parks are properly supervised by a doctor or parent who can assist with a child who has been injured.
Exercising can be great fun for a kid, but they may no be aware that they are overdoing things. Kids don’t realize accidents can happen and won’t think about wearing the correct gear for an activity. Teaching a child the appropriate way to participate is important.