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11 Ways to Encourage Physical Activity in Your Child

11 Ways to Encourage Physical Activity in Your Child

Did you know that only about one out of every four children gets the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity?

As a child's age and grade in school rise, so does their participation in all types of physical activity. Physical activity should be a part of family life on a regular basis. Here's some information to help you keep your kids fit and healthy.

Physical activity has numerous advantages.


Being physically active entails moving enough to cause heavy breathing, shortness of breath, warmth, and sweating. Children's health and well-being are dependent on physical activity. Physical activity, for example, aids in the development and maintenance of healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It can help you maintain a healthy BMI and lower your risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease later in life. It can assist kids in falling asleep quickly and sleeping soundly.


Physical activity benefits a child's mental and behavioral health in addition to physical benefits. It improves a child's self-esteem, school performance, attention, and behavior by increasing their enthusiasm and optimism. Anxiety, tension, and depression are also reduced. When it's used properly, it can also promote teamwork and friendship.


There are 11 ways to get started.


Parents can play an important role in encouraging their children to engage in more physical activity. Here are some ideas:

  1. Consult your child's physician. Your child's doctor can explain the importance of physical activity to your child. Your child's doctor can also assist you and your child in determining which sports or activities are best for them.
  2. Make a point of having a good time. Assist your child in discovering a sport that she enjoys. She will be more likely to continue the activity if she enjoys it. Involve your entire family. It's a fantastic way to spend quality time together.
  3. Select an activity that is appropriate for your child's age. A 7- or 8-year-old child, for example, is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, cycling, and swimming are all excellent activities for children of this age.
  4. Make preparations ahead of time. Ascertain that your child has a convenient time and location for exercising.
  5. Create a secure environment. Make certain that your child's equipment and the environment in which they practice or play are both safe. Ascertain that your child is dressed comfortably and appropriately for the activity.
  6. Active toys should be available. Balls, jump ropes, and other active toys are especially important for young children.
  7. Be a role model for others. Children who see their parents participating in sports and physical activity on a regular basis are more likely to do so themselves.
  8. Play games with your kids. Assist them in learning a new sport or physical activity. Alternatively, go for a walk, hike, or bike ride as a family.
  9. Set boundaries. Each day, set a time limit for screen time, which includes time spent watching TV, watching videos, using computers, and playing video games. Make the most of your free time by participating in more physical activities.
  10. Make time for physical activity. Some children's schedules are so jam-packed with homework, music lessons, and other scheduled activities that they don't have time for physical activity.
  11. Don't overdo it when it comes to physical activity. Physical activity and exercise should not be painful. If it starts to hurt, your child should slow down or switch to a less strenuous activity. It's important not to overdo it, as with any activity. If exercise becomes a hindrance to schoolwork or other activities, talk with your kids doctor

Families can strive to achieve the following goals in order to live a healthy, active lifestyle:

  1. Each day, consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
  2. To help balance online and offline activities, make a Family Media Use Plan.
  3. Children and adolescents aged 6 and up require at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity, as well as bone and muscle strengthening exercises on at least a few days per week. Every day, children under the age of six require three hours of physical activity. Every day, engage in 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
  4. Sugary drinks should be avoided. To stay hydrated, drink water or milk. ​

Getting the whole family to move

According to studies, childhood lifestyles are much more likely to stick with a person into adulthood. If sports and physical activities are a family priority, they will provide a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health for both children and parents.

Remember

Exercise and a well-balanced diet are the cornerstones of a healthy, active lifestyle. Encourage healthy habits in children early in life is one of the most important things parents can do. It's never too late to begin. Today, talk to your child's doctor about healthy living tools. ​

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