Kids Fitness Matters
Everyone agrees that fitness and exercise are important for kids because keeping in shape will offers so many health benefits all throughout their lives. The earlier a child starts exercising the more they will reduce health risks as both a child and later on as an adult.
If a child learns healthy habits, becomes more active and finds physical activities that they enjoy the more they will reduce blood sugar levels, strengthen both their heart and lungs, promote emotional well-being, increase energy levels and also improve cognitive skills.
Healthy Habits to Teach Your Kids
1. Start the Day off Right.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. After all your child has gone 8 to 10 or more hours with no food and the body needs fuel to operate well. So make sure your child never skips breakfast.
You should also make sure your child is eating a healthy diet for breakfast. You should include some of the following items:
- Protein – Think eggs, nuts, meat and poultry for example
- Grains – Make sure to make as much as possible whole grains
- Vegetables – Yes, even for breakfast
- Dairy Products – Consider low fat milk, yogurt and cheese
2. Get Your Child Interested in some Physical Activities
You probably already know that your kids should be more active. The problem, though, is how do you encourage them to be more active?
In the best circumstances your child will naturally gravitate towards some activity. They might like throwing a ball or kicking a ball. They might like to run or ride a bicycle. If that’s your child then you simply need to give them more and more opportunity to do the things they already love.
If there is no natural outlet then you should look into classes, sports teams or even finding the closest playgrounds. I don’t know of many adults who say I sure wish my parents didn’t let me play sports or get involved with some physical activity. It’s like playing music. Most adults are glad they played when they were kids and many carry those enjoyable activities into adulthood.
The most important thing to consider, though, is making sure your child enjoys the games or activities that you choose. The more they enjoy them the more they will do them.
3. Limit Screen Time
Unfortunately kids today have a fitness enemy that previous generations never had to deal with. That’s time spent glued to a screen.
In the old days kids might watch too much television. But today smart phones, tablets, computers and video games combine with television to rob kids of the fun they could have playing outside with friends.
So one of the best suggestions to keep your kids fit is to limit the time they can spend on any of those devices. You’ll find many apps available to help. But as a parent you know how much time your child spends in front of a screen.
The longer you want to enforce this rule the more difficult it will be. So start today.
4. Be a Positive Role Model
If you want to have a fit kid then you may need to become a fit adult. And there are two ways to be a positive influence to a child.
The first is to model a love for physical activity. Show your kids that you have fun playing sports or other activities. Bring them along with you. The other thing is to play with your kids. Throw a ball with them. Wrestle around with them. Jog or ride a bike with them.
The other way to encourage your kids to be fit is to have a positive attitude. Say what you’d like them to do and not what you don’t want them to do. When you see them being active compliment them. Even if they aren’t pro material you should still encourage and compliment the behavior.
If you will follow these four simple suggestions at home then you will have a much better chance of raising your own fit kids.