Every parent wants the best for their kids, and keeping them healthy and active is a top priority. While parents strive to do their best, they often wonder if they are doing enough to keep their kids moving and eating right.
To help you a bit with this issue, below are some tips to keeping kids as healthy and active as possible.
Consider the facts before anything else: children are active creatures by nature. Just take a drive by your local park or playground and watch all of the children running and playing. Encouraging natural activities such as these can actually be beneficial both now as well as in the future.
As your children get older, it can be difficult for them to get the proper amount of activity each day.
As your children get older, it can be difficult for them to get the proper amount of activity each day. School places certain demands on children, some children decide they really do not like organized sports or that they are not good at them, sometimes there is a lack of active role models to look up to, and of course an everyday hectic pace can be demanding.
Even if children do have the desire and the time to remain active, many parents today are not comfortable letting them go off unattended to play as children once did, or they may not have the time to bring them to organized activities. This can limit their physical opportunities a great deal.
Regardless of what the issue may be that keeps a child from being active, parents can still encourage physical fitness in everyday life. Small things such as taking a walk together after dinner, going on a hike on the weekends, or playing ball in the yard can really make a difference. Establishing healthy patterns such as these will also transition into adulthood leading to greater overall fitness and health.
When children are active, their bodies thrive allowing them to do more things they enjoy. Regular amounts of physical activity provides a range of benefits including:
- better weight control
- stronger bones
- stronger muscles
- better sleep patterns
- a healthier outlook
- a lower chance of developing certain illnesses like type two diabetes
Children who are more physically active and healthy are also more likely to pay better attention in school, leading to better grades, higher levels of motivation and greater overall success. Physical fitness also leads to higher levels of confidence and self esteem as well.
In addition to encouraging regular physical activity, children also need to consume a diet that is well balanced and healthy. This means keeping junk food to an absolute minimum, keeping plenty of fresh fruits and veggies on hand, and offering healthy snack options such as yogurt, whole grain breads, and granola.
Children also need to consume a diet that is well balanced and healthy
When children learn early on how to make healthy food choices they keep these habits with them for the long term. This can lead tohealthier overall weight, more energy, and less incidences of disease.
Keeping your kids healthy and active is not as difficult as you might think. Making a conscious effort to instil good habits from the start benefits everyone in the family.