As a parent, teacher, caregiver, guardian, or adult, we must value physical activity for both ourselves and our children. We should provide kids with opportunities and encourage them to participate in physical activities because interaction with technology, urbanization, academic pressures among many other factors have made them less active.
Kids look to us for examples of how to talk, dress, act, and lead a physically active or inactive lifestyle. As they stay at home with us during the Covid-19 crisis, involve them in farming, cooking, walking, gardening, house chores, and occasionally exercise with them.
Focus on fun and positivity, they will come back for more.
Avoid competition, discipline, and embarrassment.
Pay attention to the child’s age-group, body size,personality, fitness level, movement technique, and experience.
Praise them for trying.
60 minutes of activity involving proper movement and progression, under experienced supervision is all they need.
Biking, dancing, swimming, skating, and skipping are wonderful options for them.
Enroll them in clubs as it helps improve their social skills too.
BENEFITS OF EXERCISE FOR KIDS.
- Their Motor Development and Growth.
- Exercise will help our kids to grow physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally in so many ways.
- For strong bones and muscles.
- Set a regular schedule for physical activity.
- Combine exercise with a healthy diet.
2. Health and Fitness.
- With regard to health and self-image, it improves self-efficacy in our children.
- Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of fitness and stronger bones and muscles.
- Cognitive (brain) and physical (body) development go hand in hand.
- You don’t need a fancy gymnasium or organized sports to get kids active.
- Jungle gyms, monkey bars, and obstacle courses at neighborhood playgrounds are fun and they allow them to use their body weight.
The lure of electronics and video games has made it more challenging to motivate kids for the recommended 60 minutes a day. But, if parents, health and exercise professionals, and anyone else who cares about kids, commit, we can help young people learn to love and care for their bodies- not only in their youth but across the lifespan.
The ease with which they can access junk foods in our homes, shopping malls and even some schools are worth our attention as adults. Be the role models! active children have a better chance of active and healthy adulthood.
As kids, we would often get upset about the way our parents handled things. As parents and we get to make the decisions. The decisions we make with our power and influence will have a tremendous impact on the next generation.