Children Before Get More Exercise Than The Children Of Today

Children of today are a whole lot different from the children of yester years. One of the most visible contrast between the two is the level of physical activeness and exercise that these groups have.

Children before can’t seem to get enough of the outdoors. They used to beg their parents to allow them to stay out more when they’re being called in to wash up for dinner. Going out to play was the very first thing that crosses their minds and the last plan they have before they go to sleep. They enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, playing tag, swinging on monkey bars or go swimming at the nearest beach. Physical activities and exercises were a natural part of their kiddie lifestyle.

Kids Need At Least An Hour Of Exercise A Day CC by hoyasmeg, flickr.com/photos/emeryjl/

Kids Need At Least An Hour Of Exercise A Day
CC by hoyasmeg, flickr.com/photos/emeryjl/

Nowadays, children are more into indoor activities that don’t involve too much physical exertion. It’s common to find them sprawled on a bean bag lost in a handy computer game, or sitting by the television, soaking on cable channels all weekend. Exercise had been reduced to simply a class that they need to take in school

Much had been said on the benefits of exercise for children, but the disadvantages and the negative consequences of having a physically inactive lifestyle should be stressed.

Playing computer games may look like it develops a child’s brain, or that watching educational shows can be a substitute for reading, but they’re not. In fact, too much of it is harmful of the development of children.

Computer games don’t do them much good except teach them strategy while shooting down other brain cells that are essential to their cognitive development, if they do too much of it. This goes the same for television shows.

In fact, studies show that developmental delay such as a delay in speech development among children in their toddler years is associated with multi-media exposure.

Physiologically, children who do not exercise for at least an hour a day are at risk of developing heart diseases and other fatal, weight-related medical issues when they grow up to be adults.

Here’s an article on The Guardian:

Exercise Has Long-Term Benefits For Children

Does your child spend more time playing inside rather than running around in the park? The British Heart Foundation warned several years ago that only one in eight kids was getting the recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day. But more recent research suggests that if your child gets into the habit of exercising they may have lifelong benefits from doing substantially less.

Here are 3 great exercise avenues for children:

1. Fitness Bootcamps For Kids

More and more people are recognizing the importance of family fitness. As they say, “a family that exercises together, keeps fit together.”

Because of this, many fitness companies have been encouraged to put up children-focused exercise programs to accommodate this need in the market.

The great thing about kids bootcamps is that the children are thrown into an environment of outdoor play with a group of other kids. They get to do many activities that are fun and it excites them to have to do it with kids their age as well.

2. Sports Programs

This is one of the best avenues for kids to get fit. There is a wide array of sports programs for kids to get into such as football, basketball, swimming and baseball. Martial arts is also a popular pick; children enjoy learning the rudiments of Tae Kwon Do, Karatedo, Kickboxing and MuayThai.

3. Marathons and Triathlons

Marathons and Triathlons are great fitness avenues that adults and their children can enjoy together. Signing up for parent-child running events or training together for Iron Man events can be very exciting for the entire family.

There are many ways to get children to exercise. All it really needs is a bit of creativity and perhaps, some persuasion skills from the parent.

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