Should Children Bother To Exercise?
One of the most common and frequently asked questions that parents all over the globe have is, what is the best way to raise their kids to be strong and healthy human beings. Most, if not all the questions relate to them doing exercise.
So to cover the topic of children and exercise I will answer some of the most common questions in this article and then I will give my best recommendations on what you can do to get your kids fit and healthy in no time.
Before we actually get into answering questions, I think it is really important for us to understand exactly what the kids of this generation are actually facing. If we are completely truthful then we can all see that most kids of the modern age are not that active at all. Most kids would rather sit indoors and laze about than get outdoors, and this is resulting in them getting the title of the unhealthiest generation to ever exist.
Things are moving downhill rather rapidly as just 35 years ago almost 60% of children in America would either ride a bike or walk it to school. Today that number has reduced to a pitiful 12%, with no signs of it actually improving.
These are the facts that you just can’t deny anymore. Simply look around at the kids in your neighbourhood, and you will notice that most of them are not playing and running about, but instead is more engaged with their iPads and laptops.
The sad thing is that inactive and sedentary children usually grow up to have the same qualities, whereas the children that actually were fit and active would grow up to be extremely fit and active adults.
But there is some really great news and that is the fact that you as a parent can completely change this. Your child has been born with a natural instinct to want to move about and be active. All you need to do is push them in that direction and show them the way. Getting your kid to love exercise is as simple as that.
Now we know the facts, we can move onto actually answering some important questions.
Can Lifting Weights Cause Your Child To Stop Growing?
Everyone and their grandparents have heard of the so called fact that lifting weights will cause a child to stop growing.
But the facts are radically different from these assumptions that most people make. If we take a look at the research then we will come to find that there isn’t a single piece of solid evidence which proves to us that weight lifting will actually stunt a child’s growth.
But rather the research shows us that children that do lift light weights consistently will actually develop stronger bone structure, have leaner and fitter physiques and overall enjoy much better health in the immediate and long term.
So believe me there isn’t a simple answer you can give to the question… whether or not weight lifting will actually stunt a child’s growth. Yes, if your child was to lift weights that were too much for he then this will inevitably lead to injury, but of course this can happen in any sport where physical activity is required.
The little evidence that is out there seems to suggest that a child who does lift weights will actually grow up to be a stronger and healthier human being than that child who doesn’t.
Is There a Need For Structured Fitness Programs For My Child?
It all depends on the child in question.
If you are blessed to have a child that loves to be physically active and is constantly running around doing things that he loves, then you really are not going to need to put him in any sort of fitness program.
Structured fitness programs only really become necessary when you have a child who actually prefers to live the lazy, sedentary life.
My Personal Guidelines to Get Your Kid Fit
These are the exact tips that I actually implement with my kids on a daily basis to great effect. These are tips that I’d encourage you all to implement if you want a child that is fit and active and loves every moment of it.
Provide Ad Libitum Play
Make Play the Complete Basis
Yes, it is really important that you are focused on play, because that is the best way to encourage your child to love health and fitness. Every child loves to play, and it is usually involves something that requires movement.
Most kids are going to want to run about and do active things when they are playing, and the more you push them to do this the more they are going to love being physically active.
Push Them to Climb
Whatever they can climb, be it a tree, pull up bar, rope, whatever just let them climb it. To encourage them further you should get a rope or pull up bar installed in your home so that as soon as your child is old enough they will want to get up and climb. A great way to keep your kid active and away from boredom.
Push Them to Jump About
Your kids are naturally going to want to jump about and this will mean that they are going to fall down a lot too. The best way to minimise and prevent any serious injury from occurring will be to actually take the time to teach them how to fall down in the safest possible manner.
This will minimise any injury from happening and it will actually reduce the chances of them getting injured in the first place.
In the end you just need to push them to be more active from the moment that they can walk about. The more you encourage them to be active the more likely it is they are going to enjoy it and the more they are going to want to do it on a regular basis.
Once this desire to be active is inside them, nobody is going to ever be able to take it away and it will be with them for the rest of their lives.
There is no gift out there that is better than that.
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