More and more Americans are becoming overweight every year. This is partly due to bad habits developed as children. Long gone are the days when children would play outside with family and friends on a daily basis. Nowadays, children are glued to electronic devices. It is not uncommon for children to spend their entire day playing with their ipads, iphones, or watching television. Obviously, this electronic age will only increase the number of Americans becoming overweight.
It is no secret that regular exercise is important to everyone, especially children. Exercise controls body fat and makes muscles, bones, lungs and heart stronger. Staying active keeps children healthy, improves their mind, and helps them sleep.
Children should have one to two hours of exercise per day. This should include aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises. After exercising, they should not exercise again until they are fully recovered. Increasing number of repetitions and duration of exercise should be done gradually. Be aware that excessive exercise will do more harm than good and may cause injuries. Remember, getting in shape takes months not days so be patient and consistent.
Parents must remember that these are children not professional athletes. Make exercising an enjoyable experience. Proper nutrition and hydration before, during, and after exercise is very important. This will keep them energized and hydrated while making it fun for them.