Is your child lazy? Get him to exercise before it is too late
Kids now-a-days lead a sedentary lifestyle. This is especially true in urban scenarios where there is a lack of open spaces. Moreover, today’s fast-paced lifestyle hardly leaves any time for play. A child is often over-burdened by school work and may spend his or her precious free time playing video games or watching television. But this is not good for children’s health.
What most parents don’t realize is that an inactive lifestyle can have an adverse effect on the health of their kid. Those who are more fit tend to have a bigger hippocampus and perform better on a test of memory than their less-fit peers.
Teach your child the importance of exercise
Hence, we see how important it is to get your child to exercise and be active. You must try and inculcate healthy habits from an early age so that your child is never tempted by a sedentary lifestyle. But if he is, you can gradually wean him or her away from it towards a more healthy and fit life. By doing this, you will also significantly reduce his risk of many serious diseases.
Help your child be physically active
You can also contribute to your child’s health by making him more active. You can lead by example. As the above-mentioned study says, if you exercise regularly and lead a healthy life, you child will also follow suit. Other than this, try to engage your child in fun-filled activities out of doors. Try to plan outings that involve walking and hiking. Go to the park and kick a ball with your child. Encourage him to play with the other kids there. Plan a picnic and invite other kids over. Initiate some game that involves physical activity. Ensure that your child has a safe environment to play in. And, the most important thing to do is restrict his screen time. Limit his TV, computer and phone time to not more than 1 or 2 hours in a day.