Tips for Health

Keep your kids active

By on April 5, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments

Why is exercise so important for children?

Physical activity has many benefits, including:

  • Helps burn calories instead of storing them as body fat.This means that helps children maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
  • Helps maintain blood sugar levels more balanced and within a healthy range and normal. This is especially important for children who have diabetes or are at risk for it.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Helps strengthen bones and muscles, and increases strength and endurance.
  • It relieves stress and improves sleep and mental health.
  • You can increase self-esteem by helping children feel more secure and better about their bodies and appearance.

Currently, the number of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese is much greater than ever before. Regular exercise can help prevent serious health problems associated with overweight and obesity.

How much exercise does my child need?

Children two (2) years of age and older need at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. It is not necessary to conduct these 60 minutes at once. During the day can be achieved through brief moments of activity.

Celebrate with … Action! Instead of celebrating with a cake sugar, do it with an active family activity, like walking, go swimming or play a game of volleyball. This is a way to start incorporating the activity into the lifestyle of your family.

What I can do to encourage my child to be active?

Be a healthy role model to follow for your child. Exercise and be physically active in their daily lives, and planning active family outings.

Encourage your child (but do not push) to get involved in team activities or groups. Some children enjoy the social aspect of being part of a team, like football (“soccer”), gymnastics, basketball, baseball for young children (t-ball), softball, bowling (bowling) and practice dances. Other children may feel pressured or embarrassed in a team environment and prefer other kinds of group activities like jump rope, chase game (takes or “tag”) or play hide and seek.

The activities to do alone can be attractive to other children.Among others include cycling, playing in a bar structure for playgrounds, playing with the family pet, jumping on a trampoline, walking, skating and swimming.

When it comes to physical activities, there is something for everyone. With a little trial and error, you can help your child find an appropriate activity for your personality.

Why is it important to limit time in front of the screen?

The front of the screen time includes watching TV or DVDs, playing video games or the computer or surfing the Internet.These activities are usually done while sitting or standing still.Try to limit the time in front of the total screen to no more than one (1) to two (2) hours each day. And remember, you are a role model for your child. Set a good example to also limit the time you spend in front of the screen.

What’s wrong with this picture?

  • On average, children and adolescents aged 8 to 18 spend four (4) hours watching television, videos, DVDs and recorded programs, more than one (1) time on the computer and almost one (1) hour playing video games.
  • Two of every three children have TVs in their rooms.
  • Children who have TVs in their rooms spend almost an hour and a half (1 ½) or more time per day watching more television on average than children without TVs in their rooms.

Are there ways to make time in front of the screen to be more active?

Some video game systems include newer low levels of physical activity such as games that mimic the movements of dancing, bowling (bowling), tennis and other sports. While playing these games is better than sitting still, you’d better put these video games within the limits of screen. Once your child has reached its limit in front of the screen, encourage her to really dance, play bowling, tennis or other sports.

Another way to include physical activity in the front of the screen time is to encourage your child to be active while watching a show or play a video game. For example, you can jump by moving the arms and legs apart and putting together, jumping rope or keep moving in some other way while enjoying a program.

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