Recently, kids spend a lot of time watching TV and less time running and playing, especially after Corona and quarantine; however, everyone, including kids, should exercise to maintain their health, so parents should find time in their busy schedules to exercise with their kids.
Kids can also participate in competitive sports, which helps them stay in shape. Every day, most kids need at least an hour of moderate physical exercise.
Remember that some kids dislike being a part of a team; this isn’t a big deal because there are lots of other activities that kids can engage in to stay active; however, try to figure out why your kid isn’t excited. You might be able to help your kid in dealing with the problem. Tell your kid that you want to help them in overcoming their challenges and that you will collaborate to do so. This may require making a shift and committing to a team sport, or trying a new activity.
Moderate-intensity physical exercises include:
- Walk to school
- Scooter ride
Benefits of exercising
Exercising regularly helps kids grow strong and healthy. It can also help them in:
- Feeling better
- Sleeping better
- Improving their mood
- Reducing the feeling of stress
- Feeling good and confident about themselves.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Developing and maintaining healthy bones, joints, and muscles
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
Exercising regularly can also help reduce the risk of developing diseases such as:
- heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
Exercise and study relationship!
Higher levels of physical activity and fitness are linked to enhanced cognitive skills (such as focus and memory) among kids, and students who exercise are likely to obtain better grades and attend school.
Your kid can also get some exercise before and after school by walking or cycling to school, the club, or the physical activity halls. Encourage your kid to be physically active before and after school; this will help you identify which activities he enjoys and is willing to engage in it in the long run.
Sports that strengthen muscles and bones
As mentioned earlier, certain sports can strengthen your kid’s bones, such as:
- Games like tug of war rope
- Jumping rope
Encourage your kid to exercise
These steps will assist you in including sports and fitness into your kid’s usual life:
- Start early, when your kids like playing and being active, and support them
- Be a role model.
- Include physical activity into their daily routine.
- Take them to parks or playgrounds.
- Instead of watching TV after dinner, encourage your kid to find fun activities to do alone or with friends and family.
- Ask friends and family to participate, join groups that love to exercise, and make friends with people who are physically active.
- For sports such as cycling, scootering, skating, and other activities where there is a high danger of injury, always have protective gear on hand, such as helmets, wrist pads, or knee pads.
- Make sure that the activities are appropriate for your kid’s age.
Meaning of age-appropriate activities
Some physical activity is more suitable for kids than teens, for example, young kids usually develop their muscles when they practise gymnastics or play in the gym, and do not need muscle-strengthening programs such as weight lifting. However, when they get older and become teens, they may start organized weightlifting programs.