How do I understand that my child is active or not?
• By doing physically active kids are focused, motivated and successful in life. Regular exercise provides the following benefits:
• It makes the muscles and bones strong.
• Healthy growth and development.
• Better sleep
• Better self-esteem
• Social interaction with friends.
• Learn new skills while having fun.
• It burns calories instead of storing them as body fat.
• It helps to maintain blood sugar levels and is vital for the kids who have or are at risk for diabetes.
• It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
• It acts as a stress buster and improves the focus.
Fitness personalities of Kids:
There are three types of children
These type of children are less interested in physical activities or may lack athletic ability or both.
The casual athlete:
These type of children are interested in physical activities but they are not professional players, therefore, they have a risk of being discouraged in a competitive athletic environment.
These children have interest and athletic ability. They are committed to a particular sport or activity and keep practising it regularly.
All kids can be physically fit irrespective of the fitness personality a kid has. A parent’s positive attitude will help a child who is reluctant to exercise. If you start this early enough then the kid will regard this activity as normal and part of everyday routine.
The best way for kids to get physical activity is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine. Toddlers and preschoolers should play several times a day. Children of age 6 to 17 years should do 60 minutes or more physical activity daily. Parents can provide support and guidance about how to start, which activity to do and how much a child needs each day.
Preschoolers should exercise and play such games like kicking or throwing a ball, hopping on one foot, riding a bike etc. that help them to develop important motor skills.
We find that most of the school-age kids like to spend their time in front of screens. Parents should try to limit their child’s total daily screen time to less than 1 or 2 hours. It might be challenging but is necessary for a child’s health. They should find physical activities that their kids enjoy doing. It can be anything like playing outside, basketball, cricket etc.
Usually, the schedule of school-age kids’ starts getting busy because of a lot of school work, busy working families etc. but you should not forget to set aside some time for free play. Sometimes, it so happens that even if the kid desires to be active, parents may not feel comfortable to let their kids freely roam with neighbourhood kids.
Hence, it acts as a limitation. In spite of these barriers, parents should teach the kids the importance of physical activities and help them to fit them into their everyday lives.
Teens have many choices- they can either continue their school sports or develop after-school interests such as yoga, skating, biking etc.
Kids who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them and their benefits forward for the rest of their lives.
Mastering physical skills build confidence, teamwork, obedience and discipline at every age. There are three types of activities that promote healthy growth and development:
Endurance refers to aerobic activities- activities that involve the continuous movement of muscles. Ex: swimming, dancing, martial arts etc.
These are the activities that encourage a child to bend and stretch. Being flexible promotes good posture, reduces the stiffness of the muscles, and increases relaxation. Ex: gymnastics, yoga etc.
Strength activities promote strong bones and muscles. It improves the ability to lift the objects and enhance growth and development. Ex: lifting and carrying groceries, doing sit-ups, push-ups etc.