By Angela Bekiaris: You’re hitting the gym and feeling fabulous, but have you thought about how important fitness is for your children, too? Just like us, they need to stay active and know the importance of good health — not dieting, not being skinny, but living a healthy lifestyle. Experts suggest at least an hour of physical activity a day for them. Here’s why, according to kidshealth.org:
- Feel less stressed
- Feel better about themselves
- Feel more ready to learn in school
- Keep a healthy weight
- Build and keep healthy bones, muscles and joints
- Sleep better at night
Set a good example for your children by being active yourself, and keeping healthy food and snacks in the house to ensure an overall healthy lifestyle.
If Your Child Dislikes Sport
Sport is not for everyone. So if your child, or children, don’t want to partake in any sports, make sure they stay active in other ways. Help them find an activity they enjoy and one which will keep them motivated.
3 Easy Exercises For Teens
There are so many easy and fun ways to be physical. Here are some great exercises for teenagers, courtesy of kidshealth.org:
- Sit Backs: Bend your legs, and put your arms in front of you. Lean back gradually with your arms still straight in front of you and your tummy tight. Take it as far back as comfortable, then slowly return to your sitting position. Repeat
- Chair Squats: Stand tall with a chair behind you. With your arms straight in front of you, slowly start to sit down. Stop just before your bum is about to hit the chair and straighten to standing. Repeat.
- Butterfly Breath: Stand tall with your feet hip width apart. Keep your arms out to the sides. Exhaling lift right knee and touch it with left elbow. Inhaling return to position one. Switch sides and repeat.
Sports And Exercise Safety
While enrolling your kids into sport activities is great, make sure they are being safe while at it. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Always wear a helmet to prevent injuries: If the sport is physical — such as football, cycling, skateboarding, hockey, rugby or skiing — a helmet is key!
- Protect the eyes: Face masks or polycarbonate guards or shields that attach to a helmet are worn in sports such as football, hockey and baseball when batting. Goggles are often worn, too. Experts also stress that all eye protection should fit securely and have cushions above your eyebrows and over your nose.