With 1 out of 3 children in the United States considered overweight there is growing concern about the health of our children. Similar findings are being published in Australia so this is not just an American concern.
The sad thing about being overweight is the increased risk of life altering and or health threatening conditions such as:
• High blood pressure
• Liver disease
• High cholesterol
• Emotional issues/relationship and social issues
• Sleep apnea
• Other related issues.
• Heart attack
Overcoming an overweight childhood is extremely difficult and the child’s weight can easily be carried over into adulthood with the health issues becoming increasingly more serious.
Are we sitting around watching television when we get in from work?
We can preach to our children about the benefits of being physically fit, but if we are sinking into our easy chair at the end of the day, can we really expect them to do differently? Contributing factors to obesity are increased television viewing and video game playing. The ease of fast food and easy entertainment has created a lifetime of being sedentary. Adding to this is a poor diet with too many high fat and sugar content foods being washed down with high sugar content beverages.
It is time that America became more active.
Let’s get off the couch and into our favorite play clothes.
Children need to learn to play air hockey, ping pong, tennis and other indoors games when it is too cold or dark to place outside. Put a music cd in and dance, or play physical games on the Wii. Get our children off the couch and into a smaller size of play clothes. They deserve to live a long and healthy life.
Lead by example.
A child that sees their parent actively involved in a fitness program will quite naturally take an interest in becoming physically active also. Children are naturally curious and love to participate in activities with their parents.
Set aside the time at least three times a week.
It doesn’t take much space, or much time, and the effort will be paid off tenfold. Push back the couch if you need to, turn off the television, or turn it to the music channel. Set the timer for ½ hour or more and have fun. An exercise program should be participated at least three times a week to be of maximum benefit and to reduce the risk of injured muscles. If the exercise is going to be strenuous do not forget to add stretches to loosen up the muscles.
Exercise equipment doesn’t have to be expensive.
A mini trampoline can be purchased for less than $60. and a jump rope for even less. Dancing is free and so are aerobics. Have a dance contest and let the children judge who is the funniest dancer. It is all about getting active and having fun. Try it for a while and you will be amazed at how much more energy you have and how much the children will look forward to the work out. Working out will also improve the children’s ability to concentrate on their school work, help to maintain a healthier immune system, and help them sleep better at night and you too. Work outs should not take place directly before bed time, however, as there is an increased energy level felt immediately afterwards which may cause wakefulness.
Family fun and family fitness can take place anywhere.
Are we influencing our children to become couch potatoes? They love to play but we have allowed them and perhaps even encouraged them to sit still and entertain themselves with a sedentary lifestyle; too sedentary.
Stacey is specialty product writer and writes about specialty products like decorative Venetian mirrors, round hall tables, etageres and lot more.