4 Tips for Childhood Fitness
As an adult, it’s easy to understand and recognize the importance of proper diet and exercise. Â Unfortunately, it’s much more difficult for a child to understand the consequences of letting their bodies become overweight and out of shape. Â This is why it is every parents’ responsibility to help make sure their children stay relatively fit and in shape. Â Here are tips to help keep your youngster in tip top shape!
- Get them involved – Try to find an activity that requires a decent amount of physical activity that your child actually likes doing. Â Some popular examples include dance, karate, or baseball. Â It’s important to remember it’s never in your child’s best interest to force them to do anything that they absolutely despise.
- Limit TV and computer time – Don’t let your kids fall into the trap of incessantly watching TV or playing video or computer games. Â Not only is this bad for your children’s health, it also will slow down their developing social skills. Â It’s important to remember to be a good role model for your children. Â If you yourself are constantly plopped in front of the TV it makes sense that your children will think it’s alright for them to do the same.
- Teach them what to eat – It’s a lot easier to raise your children on a diet of chicken nuggets and make and cheese. Â Unfortunately, these foods have very little nutritional value. Â Try experimenting with different types of food starting at a young age.
- Go out and play – Take time out of your schedule to go outside with your kids and do some physical activity! Â You don’t have to do anything crazy – a simple game of basketball or even a dog-walk around the neighborhood will suffice. Â Not only will this help keep your kids in shape, it will also provide you with some all-too-valuable bonding time.