Did You Know that only 1 in 3 children are physically active everyday? Research has shown that less than 50% of the time spent in sports practice, playing games and physical
education class is not enough to be considered physical exercise, since about 1 out of 3 children are overweight. Overweight children have every possibility to become
overweight teens or even an overweight adults. Parents can play a key role in helping their child become more physically active.
Here are 10 ways to do this :
1. Talk with your child’s doctor. Doctors have a special way of convincing people most especially children. Your child’s doctor can help them understand why physical activity is important and also suggest a sport or activity that is best for them.
- Find a fun activity. Help your child find a sport that she/he enjoys. The more they enjoy the activity, the more likely they will continue it. Get the entire family involved as it is a great way to spend time together.
3.Endeavour to choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate.
For example, a 7- or 8-year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are all appropriate activities.
4.Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child’s equipment and
chosen site for the sport or activity are safe.
5.Make sure your child’s clothing is comfortable and appropriate.
Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
6.Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves.
7.Play with your child. Help them learn a new sport.
8.Turn off the TV. Limit TV watching and computer use. Too much of screen attention might become addictive whereby not giving your child time to engage in exercises.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.
9.Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with
homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not
have time for exercise.
10.Do not burden your child with so much brain drain. Playtime is important.
BY SOPHIE AIGBOMIAN.