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10 Ways To Help Your Kids Stay Fit

Get off the phone and go outside! How many times have we said this to our kids? Countless. It is no surprise that the norm for kids of this generation is to sit and play on their electronics. Teenagers do not go anywhere without updating their status, hashtagging, and taking selfies. And even the younger ones are sucked in by video games that keep their eyes glued to the screen. With all of this sitting around it is no wonder that childhood obesity and health are at risk. Kids are not getting enough exercise. Starting a fitness routine early is key to a healthy lifestyle for you and your kids. Even if you are just starting now, it is never too late to teach your children how to stay fit. Here are ten simple ways to get your kids on track without them even realizing that they are exercising.

  1. Play FitBall

If you have ever played hot potato then you can understand how to play this game. Supplies that are need are a beach ball, permanent marker, and music. In various spots on the ball write out simple exercises to do, like five squats. Sit in a circle have someone play DJ (to stop and start the music). When the music stops whoever has the ball will determine with their right thumb what exercise the group will do.

  1. Roll The Dice

Make dice with posterboard and markers. One die labeled with numbers and the other with exercises. Roll the dice and complete the exercises and number of exercises based on what the dice lands on.

  1. Dance

Turn on the music and have a dance party! The easiest and usually most fun way to exercise. If you can stand it let the kids play their music.

  1. Play Simon Says

Use simon says to get those kids moving. Make sure the rules indicate that it must be exercise related.

  1. Relay Race

Create a relay race with various exercise stops. Get creative and use jump rope, jumping jacks, burpees. Make different stations and whoever completes the race will win a prize.

  1. Go For A Hike

Look for local or nearby sites to hike and plan a day of getting closer to nature. It could be a new family bonding event.

  1. Bike Ride

Go for a nice bike ride. Take your kids to local areas and show them you don’t have to drive the car everywhere.

  1. Do Trampoline Tricks

Sometimes kids can get bored just jumping on the trampoline. Try doing some safe trampoline tricks and make a game of it.

  1. Balloon Volleyball

This is perfect for when it’s cold outside. Since you can’t play ball in the house play with a balloon. A house friendly way to burn off some energy.

  1. Walk Around Your Neighborhood

Not only will it provide your and your children with great benefits it can become a great way to communicate with your kids. Make a routine of it. It can become another way to bond with your child.

Is Your Child in Danger of Facing Obesity Issues?

Is Your Child in Danger of Facing Obesity Issues

When you consider obesity in children, it brings to mind an unhealthy way of living and it becomes a chronic medical condition, if it is not dealt with in a wise way. Childhood obesity like adult obesity can result in a wide range of health issues. It increases the chances of acquiring various illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses. What can parents do? How should parents react to obesity in their children? Are they part of the problem or is it genetics?

 

The Factors

There are several factors that relate to childhood obesity, which aren’t due to food consumption. For this reason, parents are unable to control those factors, which include genetics, psychology, family dynamics and socioeconomics. Let’s take a look at genetics and its effect to childhood obesity.

 

Genetics

If a child suffers from obesity due to the family genetics, then this is something that the child may not be able to control. It gets worse when parents accept genetics as the norm and therefore, don’t take extra precautions to ensuring that the weight gain doesn’t get out of control. If parents know that genetics is a factor, it is still the parent’s responsibility to do what it takes to provide healthy options to everyone in the household.  Now, let’s take a closer look at the other factors associated with obesity.

 

Psychological Health

Psychology is a factor related to obesity in children that take on extra stress in their lives and use their stressful experiences to find comfort in food. Parents should find a way to help their children to handle stress. For example, a child with emotional issues could channel their negative energy into something passionate such as a sport or extracurricular activity instead of food.

 

Family Dynamics

Parents are responsible for purchasing grocery items to put in the home. If parents are constantly buying unhealthy snacks and sodas, what is the child to do? Parents can control what their children eat. In many cases, parents need to be educated as to the risk associated with childhood obesity.

 

Socioeconomic Environment

Children that live in a poor socioeconomic environment are more than likely to become obese, over time. Many of these parents lack the essential resources to provide for their children due to low income. For that reason, the children are not appropriately nourished.

 

Controlling a Child’s Diet

For the risk factors that are within a parent’s control, it is important to execute the right measures by introducing good eating habits and exercise. Prevention is better to avoid health issues due to obesity. Therefore, parents should try to restrict foods with high calories, sugar and sodium. Do not buy fast food or processed food. Instead, introduce whole grains, fruits and vegetables into a child’s diet, even if it requires blending or other methods.

 

Closing

Children are influenced by what parents do. If you as a parent don’t set an example for your children, then you will end up with a huge doctor’s bill for a child who is obese. If your child is currently obese, it is best to get a medical assessment of what can be done to help your child.

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