Children need exercise just as much as adults. While younger, developing children may not be capable of engaging in aerobic activity to the same extent as adults, children are naturally predisposed to movement. Like adults, they burn calories by standing, running, jumping, throwing and catching a ball, swinging on a swing, climbing, riding bikes, dancing, and other physical activities. While it may seem like your child does not need any exercise, it is important to ensure they get plenty of physical activity.
So, does your child get enough exercise? This question has been the source of controversy for years. On the one hand, physical activity is important, as it contributes to a strong, healthy body. On the other hand, many have worried that too much exercise has negative impacts on one’s health, such as muscle cramps and exhaustion. Plus, many parents worry about how much exercise their kids should be getting.
How much exercise should a kid be getting a day?
Kids need exercise. They need to get outside and run around, get physically active, and burn off some of that energy—and a lot of their sugar. Most children get plenty of exercise in school, but if not, consider getting them involved in extracurricular activities like martial arts, sports, dancing, or gymnastics. Additionally, there are many ways to exercise at home, and it is a great way to bond with your children. The amount of exercise depends on the child and how fit they are, observe how they play and their energy levels, from that you will be able to see how much they will need.
How do you know that your kid is exercising at the right intensity?
We all know that exercise has health benefits and that most of us could benefit from getting more exercise into our daily lives. But how do you know if your child is exercising at the right intensity? Kids often make a mistake when exercising, and since kids tend to push themselves harder, their errors can have bigger consequences. You can help prevent injuries by making sure that your kids exercise safely. One of the most common mistakes parents make when working out is letting their kids exercise too hard. Many kids, especially teenagers, try to emulate the teenager gym rats they see on TV and in magazines, and they train themselves too hard. Learning how to measure your child’s heart rate during exercise can help.
Tips for helping kids get their daily 60 minutes of exercise
Plan family physical activities and play with your child
As parents, we know that kids are curious about the world around them and want to explore and learn about it. Free play lets them do just that—to climb, jump, swing, run, crawl, and explore. It also helps kids develop important motor, balance, and social skills. Joining in on the fun with your child can be a great way to work as a team. There is a lot you can do with your child to get you all being more physical and upping your activity levels.
Provide equipment and toys for your child to be active at your home
Being active from infancy up through adulthood will help your child develop muscles, bones, flexibility, and coordination. Children who are active are also less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes, and heart disease as an adult. Boost your child’s physical activity by providing them with sports and outdoor toys. By offering your child toys that allow them to move and play, you will be helping them develop physical skills as well as encourage a healthy attitude towards physical activity. There are many different types of toys available for all ages, so you can pick up different ones as they get older that matches with their activity level.
Limit screen time of your kid
In a world where everything is moving at a fast pace, kids are getting exposed to a barrage of different stimuli—from cell phones to video games. And with all of the imbalances in their life, kids can end up suffering from mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. But limiting the screen time of your kid can help. Give them a set time to be on and off their screens, this will provide a routine away from digital stimuli.
The benefits of regular exercise include improved cardiovascular health, decreased risk of disease, reduced blood pressure, and increased energy. If your children need extra encouragement to get active and stay on track, you can encourage healthy attitudes and behaviours by emphasizing the importance of exercise.