Sunday, July 2, 2017
It's National Childhood Obesity week this week so we have decided to take a look at some ways you can keep your child fit and active this summer.
With childhood obesity on the rise, and nearly a third of children between 2 and 15 years old classed as overweight, it is more important than ever to ensure that your children are doing all they can to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you make exercise into more of a game children are more likely to want to participate in getting active. Try something new, like rollerblading outside during the summer months. This is out of the ordinary, more exciting than a walk, and will keep them moving for hours.
If you live close to your child's school, and have the time in the morning, why not forget about the car and encourage your child to walk (or cycle) with you to school. This allows them to get a bit of physical activity at both the start and end of the day.
Running around on the playground can give children some exercise throughout the day, but how about encouraging them to spend time making friends at other after school clubs? A sports club will keep them active, allow them to have fun, and learn to work in a team.
Swimming is a great exercise for working and strengthening all muscles in the body. Most children find swimming to be a happy experience, and something that reminds them of holiday. While they are splashing around in the water, they won't even be aware of the fact that they are getting fit at the same time!
Turning off the TV and encouraging children to play outside is a great way to get them moving. But if you have any video games for the TV, such as dance or sports games on the Wii, then engage with your child and you can both experience a great workout.