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Getting Kids Off the Couch

There is a common problem around the world with children not getting enough exercise. With the invention of the computers and the televisions it is not uncommon for a child to get little or no exercise. Not only will a lack of exercise hinder a child in their youth, if they aren’t getting the right kind of aerobic exercise, they will have a higher chance of being overweight or obese in adulthood. Children who have developed lazy habits are also more likely to make poor eating choices, thus exacerbating their health problems. As children grow and develop it is important for them to get the appropriate amount of aerobic exercise or activity to help build strong muscles, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Off The Couch

It may be tempting to allow your children to waste many hours on the couch watching TV or playing video games. For most children these activities will keep them quiet and entertained for hours. However, these activities, although require minimal supervision, are detrimental to a child’s health if done for long periods of time.

How do you get your kids off the couch? There are many options open to you and your children. The important thing is to focus on activities that they enjoy and will want to continue doing. Are few options are:

  • Outdoor play with friends or siblings. Ball games, tag, hide and seek are all examples of activities that are fun aerobic exercises for kids.
  • Join a club or sports team. Organized sports are a great way for kids to get exercise but also make new friends. Even if your child isn’t athletic clubs like scouts or cadets often participate in activities to get kids moving like hiking or marching. Girls may prefer dance classes or gymnastics.
  • Family activities. Doing things as a family is great for building relationships but will also reinforce the importance of living healthy. Practice what you preach. Go for a family swim, bowling or even just going for a walk or playing in the park with your kids will benefit both them and you.

Exercise is important but it comes as a package with healthy eating. Enforce rules about healthy eating for your children. You have to make sure that your entire family is eating well, and that children are eating food that will help with their mental and physical development. You also have to make sure that you aren’t letting your children eat in front of the television or the computer.

The combination of a healthy diet and physical activity starting at an early age will set up your children to be healthy in their adult lives as well. Don’t assume that your children are getting enough exercise at school. Kids need more exercise than you may think. Not only will it help keep their weight down preventing future health problems but it will also use up their energy allowing them to sleep better at night.

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Children’s Diets

If you do choose to put your child on a “diet” it’s important to not use that word when describing their nutrition. The word “diet” has so many negatives associated with it and we don’t want our children to grow up thinking that dieting is healthy. Instead focus on nutrition and healthy eating. Never try a fad diet on your child or yourself.

Get involved in your child’s life so you are more aware of what they are eating both at home and when they are at school or with friends. Due to increased media attention school cafeterias have made major changes to what they will serve students for lunch. They have added more healthy options but your child still has a choice of what they will eat. By educating them at home to choose the right types of food you’ll set them off on the right foot when they have to make the decision on their own at school. A better option is to make a healthy lunch to send with your child to school.

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Kids Fitness

With the invention of video games and other technology the youth of today are lacking the imagination of youth of the past. Because of this it is more difficult for them to come up with their own activities or games to play. This generation is so used to everything being laid out in front of them. To combat this, we have to come up with other creative, fun activities that help to stimulate their mind and get their bodies moving.

Get Them Moving

Not all children like the idea of exercise so you’ll have to come up with games or activities that get them moving but don’t resemble working out. For little girls, host a dance party in your living room. Move the furniture to one side to make a dance floor, get out some up beat music, invite your daughters friends and get the party started. You don’t need to have an excuse for the party and there is no need to serve unhealthy snacks. Have some water and fruit and vegetables ready for when they are tired. They’ll be having so much fu



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Can Healthy Also be Fun?

Alternative Sweet Treats

Cut the refined sugar and stick to other sweet goodies like dried fruit and sugar free candy. Although it may be more expensive, organic chocolates and candies have fewer negative health implications than conventional candy and won’t leave your kids feeling like they’re missing out. Dried fruit is great on its own because it’s sweet and chewy like candy of mix it with granola for that extra crunch. Sugar free gum is also a great alternative because it doesn’t contain the sugars cause hyperactivity and chewing it can also prevent tooth decay and cavities. Candy apples have always been a popular Fall treat and can be adapted to be healthier. Instead of the traditional caramel or candy coating, dip the apple in honey instead and cover with crushed nuts or graham cracker bits. Use your imagination and the healthy possibilities are endless.

Throwing in your chips

Savoury snacks are just as popular this time of year. It seems everywhere you turn there is an





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