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5 Parenting Guidelines To Help Your Kid Exercise More

Bob Hall

As a mom in the new millennium, I dream about the idea of parenting in a world where streets are safe and elders can let their children run freely thru the neighborhood, their bodies naturally challenged with the exercise of play.  Instead today, before the slam of the vehicle door fades and the backpack drops on the floor, the television is switched on and the last few hours of light vanish in a haze of video games and over processed break foods.  Even the concerned well-meaning parent can often stand defenseless, thinking how to challenge against marketing genius and instant gratification.  Exercise and carrot sticks have a tough time contesting with Xboxes, SpongeBob and potato chips.  The explanation is all around us. 

According to the Centers for disease Control and Prevention, the health of too many northern Americans is at risk due to unhealthy lifestyles.  ( www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity ) The newest data from the national Center for Health statistics prove that 30 percent of U.S.  Adults 20 years of age and older - over sixty million people - are obese.  The CDC reports the proportion of young people who are fat has more than tripled since 1980.  My kids are not overweight - why should I be concerned?  Your youngsters are standard, right?  You are parenting absolutely fine. But in a world where walking is limited, school P.E.  Programs are being cut, and automobiles, elevators and buses eliminate our opportunity to exercise naturally, we want to make a strong effort to make exercise part of our day and our children's days.  Despite all the advantages of being physically active, most USA citizens are inactive.  (www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/contributing_factors.htm).

Inactive youngsters are probably going to become inactive adults.  (www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4596 ) So as elders how do we get our kids moving? "The Yank Heart organisation recommends that youngsters and teens participate in at least sixty mins of moderate to powerful exercise every day." The excellent news is exercise comes in many forms and can be a lot of fun!  With a little creativeness you can easily add some fun exercise into your parenting style.  Lead the way. You want to set an excellent good example. 

Kids, particularly younger kids, naturally follow their mom and dad.  So make sure you are looking after your own health and making exercise a concern in your life.  Do it together. In today's overscheduled world, we want to confirm we are spending time with our kids.  What smarter way than to be active together.  Since children can not be alone rambling the area , parents need to play with them.  Make it a laugh. Put on some music and dance.  Play tag.  Roller blade.  Fundamentally just play.  Provide them with toys and equipment that give them encouragement to be active while having a good time. Bikes, scooters, hockey sticks and baseball bats will get your children moving and active.  For preschool kids, ride on toys that get them exercising like pedal automobiles, big wheels and tricycles are always a great parenting call.  Cheer them on. Create positive reinforcements with support and support.  Help them find sports and activities that build their self confidence.  Attend their sporting events and tell them you are their biggest fan whether or not they win or lose.  Switch it off. Of course, we want to limit the time our youngsters watch television and play Playstation games.  But make sure you do it in a positive fashion.  If they're irritated that you just turned off their favorite show, they won't be too fired up about going out rollerblading with you. Allow screen time during elected hours, ideally after homework is done and when activity is finished, like in the evening or on Sat. morning when beat parents might need to catch a few extra minutes of sleep. Adding more physical activity into your family's routine will help you all feel better and get you having more fun together.  Most significantly, as you model a healthful way of life you'll help instill in your youngsters lifelong habits and healthy angles toward exercise and physical activity.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011

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