All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
Increasingly in today’s society, every second person seems to be a Jack. It is necessary to inculcate the habit of daily exercise right from a young age, to keep them physically and mentally energised and active.
Thanks to video games and indoor activities that require little to no meaningful movement, kids are getting lethargic at an age where they need to be brimming with energy and vitality.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
One of the best ways to get kids to exercise is by finding ways to make them feel active, without pressurizing them into actual exercise regimes.
Children and adolescents should have 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity.
Most of the 60 minute exercises should be either moderate or vigorous and should be done at least 3 days a week.
As part of their 60 minutes of daily physical exercise, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening activities at least three times a week.
As part of their 60 minutes of daily physical exercise, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening activities at least three times a a week.
Appropriate practice of physical activity assists young people to:
Develop healthy musculoskeletal tissues (i.e bones, muscles and joints)
Develop neuromuscular awareness (i.e coordination and movement control)
Physical activity has also been associated with psychological benefits in young people by improving their control over symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Similarly, participation in physical activity can assist in the social development of young people by providing opportunities for self-expression, self-confidence, social interaction and integration. It has also been suggested that physically active young people more readily adopt other healthy behaviours.
A few outdoor workouts for kids are:
Bike ride: No Pedal Design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace. This unique design teaches young children balance on two wheels right from the start, avoiding developmental delays typical with tricycles and conventional bikes.
Jungle gym workout: Jungle gyms can be classified as a balance between fun, fitness and skill development. It’s a true challenge for any young child to explore and test their abilities. A simple activity like climbing up a ladder and reaching the top will boost your child’s confidence.
Skating: Roller-skating is the perfect way to combine fitness with fun. It helps people develop a fitness habit with a sport that’s enjoyable for all ages.
Group exercise: This offers a variety of benefits you might miss out on if you choose to work out on you own. It includes exposure to a social and fun environment, accountability factor and workout that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience.
Swimming: Learning to swim and being confident and familiar with water is important for everyone. Swimming skills are fundamental to every individual’s safety.
Get your child involved in one or more of the activities and see them involve into smarter human beings as they grow older. No one wants his or her child to be a couch potato after all!