Health experts have warned parents that children are not getting adequate levels of exercise.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day for 5-17 years old. However, studies show that 75% of children in this age range are falling short of the recommended standards.
Keeping kids entertained and healthy is essential for their overall well-being and psychological development. Health experts have subsequently produced a list of suggestions that will help parents ensure their children are getting enough exercise.
Encouraging you children to play outdoors encourages them to engage in hours of physical activities. Plan trips to the park, nature walks, bike rides, or ball games. Outdoor play not only keeps kids active but also exposes them to fresh air and nature.
Limit Screen Time
Set limits on screen time, including TV, video games, and electronic devices. Excessive screen time can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and may negatively impact physical and mental health.
Engage kids in creative activities like drawing, painting, crafts, or building projects. These activities not only foster creativity but also help improve fine motor skills and encourage life-long learning skills.
Involve kids in the kitchen and encourage them to help with age-appropriate cooking tasks. Cooking together can teach them about healthy eating habits and the importance of nutrition.
Make exercise a family affair. Go for family walks, play active games together, or try family yoga sessions. This promotes bonding and sets a positive example of an active lifestyle.
Have a collection of indoor games and activities for days when going outside is not possible. Board games, puzzles, and active games like indoor scavenger hunts can keep kids entertained and moving indoors.
Have spontaneous dance parties at home. Put on some music and let loose. Dancing is a fun and enjoyable way to stay active.
Sports and Classes
Enrol kids in sports or physical activity classes they enjoy, such as swimming, soccer, dance, or martial arts. These activities can keep them engaged and active while learning new skills.
Provide a variety of healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, yogurt, or nuts. Avoid keeping unhealthy snacks readily available to encourage healthier eating habits.
Ensure kids drink enough water throughout the day, especially during physical activities. Staying hydrated is essential for their health and energy levels.
Limit Sugary Drinks and Processed Foods
Sodas and ultra-processed foods are a contributing factor to a wide number of chronic illnesses. Minimising sugary drinks, cereals, oven-ready meals, ice-cream, packaged soups, chicken nuggets, hotdogs and fries etc as they can contribute to excess sugar, oils and salt that are damaging to overall health.
Promote Good Sleep
Establish consistent sleep routines to ensure kids get enough restorative sleep. Sufficient sleep is crucial for their physical and mental well-being.
Set a Healthy Example
Be a role model for your kids. Demonstrate a healthy lifestyle by engaging in regular physical activity, eating balanced meals, and practicing good self-care habits.