04 May Are Our Children Getting Enough Exercise?
Are Our Children Getting Enough Exercise?
Gone are the days when our kids could be seeing running and playing in the front yard or riding their bicycles around the neighborhood. Such types of exercises are replaced by modern technology such as video games, computer games, television and smart phones. Our children are more attracted towards these gadgets rather than opting for going and playing outdoors. There is nothing wrong in adopting modern technology but it becomes a matter of concern when our kids fail to get the appropriate amount of physical activity. They prefer playing indoors with these gadgets. Hence, they are definitely not getting sufficient exercise; as physical activity is replaced by playing with these gadgets indoors.
Moderation and balance is the solution to this problem. The child can play outside and also play the video game, There needs to be a balance maintained between exercise and pleasure. It is the duty of the parent to ensure that such a balance is maintained by their kids and their kids go outdoors and get enough exercise and get some fresh air. In case the parents fail to maintain this balance and the kids are devoid of sufficient exercise, subsequently, the parents create a new generation of couch potatoes.
Abundant research has been done which proves that children are not getting sufficient exercise, which is resulting in a generation of unhealthy kids. A survey conducted by YMCA, stated that 58% of children between the ages of 5 and 10 spend less than four times a week playing outside as they were glued to TV or computer.
Former director of the British Heart Foundation’s National Centre, Professor Len Almond, states “Parents take their child’s nutrition very seriously but often neglect activity levels.” Lack of physical activity can lead to serious health impact such as weight gain and learning ability. Researchers have concluded that lack of exercise is a prime reason behind obesity rather than diet. It is predicted by experts that by 2050 approximately two-thirds of children would be heavy for their height. Inactive children have weaker muscles and bones as compared to the children who exercise regularly. Physically active children are healthier and happier as compared to the less active kids. Movement in the early age is associated with the development of the brain. Hence, failure to perform enough exercise can expose our kids to several serious disorders.
Parents must encourage their child to lead an active lifestyle. Being physically active is good for your child’s health and well-being. Regular physical activity results in several benefits. It helps children to succeed in school. Being active can enhance focus, concentration and behavior; and can boost academic performance. As compared to inactive kids, physically active children have stronger bones and muscles and a lower percentage of body fat. Regular physical activity is the best way to avoid serious health problems later in life. Regular exercise enhances the chances of your child staying healthy as adults.
Toddlers & Preschool children need to run, jump, and climb every day. Children under five who can walk should be physically active each day for minimum 180 minutes. Children above the age of 5 to 11 should be motivated to do physical activity for a minimum of an hour a day. This age group of kids should concentrate on activities that strengthen their bones and muscles.
As a parent, you should motivate your kids to be physically active by –
- Setting a good example, and been a role model by performing physical exercises or being involved in a sport.
- Engaging in sport or exercise together with the kid. Ensure that you spend quality time with your kids.
- Making the physical activity enjoyable. Encourage the kids to be active while having fun. For preschool children, encourage them to ride on toys that get them exercising.
- Motivating the child to go outdoors and play.
- Encouraging and creating positive reinforcements. Help your kids find the sports and activities that interest them. Join them in their favorite sport.
- Making your child walk, whenever possible.
- Planning active weekends.
- Avoiding the use of television as a child pacifier.
- Gifting your child with gifts that motivate physical activity.
- Restricting the time your kids watch television or play video games.
It is confirmed that our children are not getting enough physical activity to remain fit. But it is the duty of the parent to motivate their children to perform physical activity and highlight the importance of exercise to the children. Perform physical exercises and keep certain serious health conditions at bay….