With these lockdowns getting extended, parents are more worried about the health of their kids. Half the time of the day, or almost, kids are glued to the TV and becoming couch potatoes. Parents are also letting their kids be lazier, as they need not worry about them too much. Due to this pandemic, kids are left to be completely at home and when both the parents are working, with no one to look for, they are just becoming tv addicts or mobile phone addicts.
Is this the right way to bring up the new-gen. If you think so, you need to seriously think about it.
But is it right to ignore that, your kids are slowly falling into the trap of laziness and obesity, due to lack of physical exercise? It is said that children being idle makes them much more vulnerable and weak. Their age is to play and enjoy whats for them. It is true that during this pandemic, it is rather difficult. But there are few things that can actually help them.
Some parents might put their kids on a schedule with a healthy exercise and food supplement. But do you know how much is enough for your kids?
It is found that an average of 60 minutes of physical activity every day is enough for kids in the age range of 5-12. But yes, if they are strong enough, they can do more. The activity can be planned throughout the day so that the child gets enough rest and breaks. Younger kids, around 3-5 years are at least required a minimum physical activity of 2 hours.
When you plan the activity includes activities in the range of easy to vigorous ones. Most of you must have an experience that with the lockdown, kids tend to sit late at nights and thus they sleep for the whole part of the day. It is not a healthy practice for kids as well as parents too. It is important to stick to certain routines that are healthy. Sleep is vital, hence with good physical activity, you get better sleep and can easily fall into a routine.
Now with the online classes commenced for many schools across the world, you can see that your child is struggling to get back to the routine. Ensure that you never change your healthy routine be it a holiday or not. Make sure that you and your kids, get to sleep early. It might be difficult in the beginning, but it is going to be great on the go.
Benefits of exercise for kids
Most of the people in the current generation are more prone to unhealthy habits. Mostly because of the comfort they are born with. If you are planning to inculcate a healthy habit, then you can do it from early childhood. And this sticks with them forever, as they keep on practicing. A healthy body keeps a child’s thinking positive. It is overall good for the heart and lungs too. Good blood flow helps the brain to be sharper too. It improves thinking. With good exercise , the children gain great endurance, improves muscle strength, bone health, and also cognitive functions too.
How can a parent contribute?
Here are some ways that you can help your child in inculcating a healthy habit of exercising. Interestingly there is much more , a parent can do to help the child.
Play with them
Most of the working parents find it hard to prioritize their time for their kids. But again it is essential. Just instructing them to play, while you are busy working is not a solution. As you prioritize the work, you need to give time to your child too. To get involved with the child, playing or sports is the right way. You need not spend too much amount on getting your kids to play badminton in sports centers, rather , play with them patiently. Let that be their first lesson.
Reduce Screen time
Televisions or mobile phones are just not the entertainment they need. Most parents use , them as their pacifiers. But gradually, they are losing that bond with their child. And children need the parents , only to get them the new gadgets in the market. It is saddening to witness, a new generation growing up, with sentiments only for gadgets. It is the moral responsibility of the parents to spend time with them and make them understand, there is life beyond these screens.
Plan for the day
We all plan for the work, like what needs to be done and what to be included, etc. But do we do the same for our kids too? It is important to plan yours and their day accordingly. You can always prioritize your work, and plan certain time for your child. In one way, you are going to work in an effective manner , whose output is going to be remarkable. as well as help your child grow healthily.
What are the activities that you can include?
Aerobic activities – Outdoor activities like running, swimming, etc. fall into this. But since it is a lockdown, a fast-paced dancing is going to be beneficial.
Muscle-strengthening exercises- You can play tug of war, do push-ups, situps, squats yoga , walking up the stairs, etc. This is ideal for ages 12-15.
Weight-bearing exercises – This includes skipping , jumping , walking, playing badminton, etc. If you are in a society with space or a home with space outside, you can include the same.
What to watch out for?
Make sure, that you don’t force your kid too much. Notice their reactions. If they are too tired, then lose interest in these activities as well as get worn out too soon. Try to keep the activities in an interesting level. Also, stick to change than monotony.
To Wrap up,
If nothing works out, then go for a morning walk , with your child, spend quality time chit-chatting with them, Let the bond grow.