Are the physical activities of your kids enough to keep them healthy?
"A sound mind in a sound body" is the saying. Though this is applicable to everyone, it is all the more applicable to kids. As Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the US said, "children are our most valuable resource." So, as a parent, you must ensure that your kids involve themselves in a good amount of physical activities so they can stay healthy and maintain the right weight. Not only that, such activities will safeguard the kids from health issues such as childhood obesity, bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart ailments, etc. Regular physical activities can save children from other issues like stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc. also.
According to experts, parents should ensure that their kids involve themselves in physical activities of 60 minutes or more every day. But at the same time, parents should check if their activities are appropriate to their age.
There are a few types of activities that experts recommend for kids. They are aerobic physical activities of moderate intensity, aerobic physical activities of vigorous intensity, muscle-strengthening physical activities, and bone-strengthening physical activities. It is not necessary that your kids should involve in 60 minutes of activities continuously.
You may say that your kids are active but remember, it is not at all enough. You should therefore get them involved in sports related activities for meeting their requirements of physical activities. Of course, you must set an example before advising them. Remember the words of Joseph Joubert, a French moralist who said "children need models rather than critics." Most importantly, you should put strict restrictions on their screen time.
Some of the aerobic exercises recommended by experts are bicycling, dancing, brisk walking, hopping, rollerblading, jumping rope, skipping, running, swimming, etc. Soccer, tennis, karate, etc. also belong to this category.
Muscle strengthening activities
You should get your kids involved in muscle strengthening activities that are appropriate to their age. Some of these activities are gymnastics, rock climbing, modified push-ups, rope climbing, sit-ups/crunches, etc. Slightly older kids can do push-ups and pull-ups and can lift appropriate weights also.
Bone strengthening activities
A number of parents have a wrong notion that the milk they provide to their kids is enough for strengthening their bones. The fact is that unless they get adequate Vitamin D, their system will not absorb the calcium present in milk, etc. So, you must ensure that they expose their body to sunlight for getting adequate Vitamin D. You must also ensure that your kids involve themselves in bone-strengthening activities such as hopping, jumping, skipping, jumping rope, running, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis or basketball.
By ensuring that your kids are healthy, you are not just helping them but you are helping your nation because they are the most valuable resources of your country.