Exercise regulates body fat and increases metabolism so your child will be less likely to be overweight. The risk of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels will be reduced, along with a lesser risk of developing Type II diabetes or heart disease. Your kids will become leaner, with stronger muscles and bones. Physical activity will also improve your child’s sleep pattern and their mental activities on a daily basis.
Not all children have a positive attitude towards physical activities, some children are happy to be included and run around playing until they are exhausted. Others will shy away from getting involved in team sports and other activities. These children often need encouragement from family and friends before they will become interested. One way to encourage physical activity when not at school is to get the entire family involved. This will help your child to gain confidence in themselves by participating with people they are comfortable with. This may also allow them to be able to take that confidence with them to school.
Parents should make it a point to limit the inactivity as well as find motivational techniques to get your kids to exercise. Set limits on how long they can watch T.V. or play video games. There has been a dramatic increase in the time that children spend doing these types of activities. Instead of them just sitting around, try to get your child involved in playing that is physically challenging.
By including simple exercises such as walking to school, riding their bike to a friends, or playing catch in the back yard will be a simple and easy start. Parents can become a positive role model for your children and get the whole family involved in a new healthier lifestyle. Exercise for your child should be fun as well as appropriate for their age. You may want to set up a regular exercise schedule that will include as many family members as possible.
By taking time to learn the value of exercise in your child’s overall health, you can teach them healthy fitness habits that will stay with them throughout a long and healthy life. And if you are one of the luckier ones that reads this article, you may even see some of the benefits of having an active healthy child.