Kids are getting lazier to engage in physical activity, and that’s taking a toll on their all-round development. Gayathri Das on how parents and children together could rediscover the fun.
Kids of today have little time or interest in running around and spending their energy playing outdoor games that help them tone up their mental and physical abilities. They don’t involve themselves in things that require physical activity as much as children in the olden days did.
Of course there is a lot of pressure on children today at school and home. With little exposure to nature and not much physical activity, they end up over time as couch potatoes.
Sports and games are ignored these days by a majority of children. They may be talking enthusiastically about a particular game, like cricket, but very few really bother to play it regularly. A balance must be struck between curriculum and extracurricular activities for a child’s proper mental and physical growth.
Like adults, kids too need exercise, at least a couple of hours a day. Stress levels among children are on the rise, and there is no better way for them to relieve the pressure than engaging in regular exercise. It helps them feel better and more confident about themselves, which makes them concentrate better at school.
Physical activity also helps them maintain healthy weight as well as keeping their bones and muscles stronger. Also, exercise helps them sleep well at night.
Television and other gadgets reduce children’s physical activity, so cut down on the time they spend in front of TV or playing computer games. Parents can set a good example for their children by being active themselves. Exercise along with your children and discover the fun. This is one of the best ways of making your children enjoy what they do. Walking, cycling to school and aerobic dance are some other ways for kids to exercise.
Motivate your kids to do physical exercises and watch them grow up strong and healthy.