3 Fitness Habits for Healthy Kids

Finding time for healthy practices is important, particularly as we enter the new year. Even a single minute of free-time can make a difference in our child’s health and well-being. That being said, there are some habits that kids can follow to stay fit and healthy. Here are three good ones if you want your kids going from strength, cardio endurance, mobility and coordination all the way to improved motor skills.

1. Take an active break from screen time.

Screen time is common and it’s not just at the elementary level or high school level. It could be even higher than 30 minutes on social media a day. If children have access to screens while playing with their friends, it has the effect of increasing their risk for heart disease and obesity. The effects of sitting still too much are real, as they negatively impact both posture, joint health and more. Exercise is the best remedy against this. While kids don’t necessarily need special equipment to become physically active; you can take a simple stroll around the neighborhood and start walking or jogging by joining them. You can also do laps around the house to get exercise when no one else is here.

2. Go for a walk or jog anywhere outside.

Walking and running are great ways to get exercise for most people but for those who like to run outside, try going for a light jog or a brisk walk. Not only are these activities easy and enjoyable, they can help kids build cardiovascular endurance, burn body fat and build motor skills. In fact, it’s recommended that adults spend at least 15 hours a week engaging in activity on foot. So if kids have the chance to go outside and play, why not? As long as it’s outside, kids can be active by moving and breathing.

3. Get plenty of rest.

Although there are many different types of sleep, getting ample sleep for the whole two calendar months of 2019 is very important, particularly since so much time is spent scrolling through social media and other platforms. Children need to feel rested so they’re less susceptible to distraction during the day and tired to perform at peak levels. Sleep is essential for overall physical development and is something kids should consistently strive for throughout their lives. Adults are often put off sleeping when they get older due to a lack of willpower and desire to get up and running, but kids and sleep have a lot more to do with how we look, grow, and move.

It doesn’t matter how young or old they are, everyone should always seek medical advice before implementing any fitness or nutrition regimens, especially when things don’t quite go according to plan. Regardless of your situation, it’s highly important to get your child in shape as soon as possible to give them the best possible chance for long term health.

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