Get The Information You Need On Kid Fitness






Kid fitness is crucial for your child's health and development.

With all the current concerns over child obesity and diabetes, it is no wonder you are sometimes unsure about what constitutes enough healthy food, exercise, or too much time in front of the television and playing computer games.

You can be sure that if your child is physically active, he or she will not only be healthier and happier now, but more importantly will be on the right track for the future.

Sadly 40 per cent of seven year olds and up to 80 per cent of teenagers who are overweight will become overweight adults. Don't let your child become a statistic. Ensure healthy eating and exercise is your family's routine!!




These are some of the many benefits your child will get from exercise...

  • Be much less likely to become overweight/obese
  • Have stronger bones and muscles
  • Have a leaner body as exercise controls body fat
  • Be less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes
  • Have a brighter and positive outlook on life and school
  • Have better quality of sleep and improved concentration

The best way to get your kids physically active is to incorporate some sort of exercise into their daily routine. This could involve an after school club like judo or gymnastics, or something the whole family could get involved in like swimming or cycling.

Why not try a fun exercise DVDs specially made for children. They are great for a rainy day when outside activity isn't an option, when the kids are complaining about being bored or for when they have their friends over.

Whatever it is, as long as it's fun and stimulating, your kids will forget they are even exercising let alone burning calories. The 'fun factor' of an activity can trigger a life long participation.

Parents need to have fun too! Research has shown that children whose parents enjoy exercise or a particular sport are six times more likely to be physically active. So remember, don't just walk the walk, be sure to enjoy it too!

KID FITNESS TIP

Here are some ideas to get you and the kids motivated and committed to a fitness plan...

MAKE AN ACTIVITY CALENDAR. This will work especially well with younger children. Work with your kids to come up with a list of their favourite activities and then help them to turn these into a calendar for planned daily activity. Keep it somewhere visible like the fridge or noticeboard.

Jot down which activities your child participates in over a month. This will give you the opportunity to recognise what they like and don't like and how much exercise they are actually getting.

CRAFTY EXERCISE

By getting the kids involved with household chores and perhaps suggesting activities where exercise just happens, you can sneak in some extra physical activity.

  • Dog walking
  • Walking or cycling to school
  • Cleaning their bedroom
  • Vacuuming and sweeping
  • Helping to fold the laundry
  • Washing the car
  • Shopping
FITNESS GAMES FOR KIDS

Use your imagination when it comes to this, anything goes as long as it involves the kids getting active!

  • Invest in a skipping rope and get the whole family involved. Take it in turns to skip in the middle of the rope with one person on each end. If you don't have a garden go to the park.
  • Arrange a mini football match in your garden/park. Make it as real as possible with fresh orange segments at half time and a small prize for the winning team. If you don't have goalposts just improvise!

RESOURCES

If you are on the look out for more ideas, then why not visit Kids Fun And Games for loads of fun kids games for your family. You will find games for babies, toddlers, and school-aged kids. They have crafts, indoor and outdoor games, party games, online fun and much more.







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