Obesity is one of the greatest issues facing our children today. This condition is the cause for many health problems, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, later on in life. Even though this is a big concern, making your children’s lives healthier and better is easy. The solution is a balanced diet and regular exercise. However, encouraging kids can be difficult with all the appeal of junk food and modern technology.
That is why it is essential that parents make the transition to a healthy way of life a fun and interesting experience. Not only will kids enjoy it, but they will love you for it.
Increase Fruits and Veg
Get your child to eat fruit and vegetables. By incorporating healthy, organic fruits and veg you will balance out your children’s diet. Pouring freshly squeezed juice into their favorite cup may be one way you could increase their produce intake. Remember to make them colorful and attractive. Another ample way of getting kids to eat more fruit and veg is by creating playful snacks. Use carrot, celery, apple, cucumber sticks to dunk into some great dipping sauce. Also, you can get creative by carving, drawing and combining different produce to form funny faces out of them.
Make Their Favorites Yourself
Make their favorite dishes yourself and reduce their intake of the four whites (fat, sugar, salt and flour). Opt for foods that have low-fat, low-sodium and low-qualities. These are mainly found in junk and fast foods, so you may want to keep your child well away from them. In order to satisfy your child’s appetite for such dishes make them yourself. By incorporating whole-grain flour, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products you will have reduced the number of calories and improved the nutritional value of their favorite dish. In order to make it a fun experience for everyone, ask you children to lend a hand. They will learn something useful and new, and you won’t have a dull moment with them around.
Drink More Fluids
Fluids are important for removing toxins out of the body. They also help in mineral and vitamin absorption, and increase metabolism. You should always remember to have you kids drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Beside the numerous health reasons, by giving children water before a meal they will have a sense of being full, hence consume smaller portions.
Pack Their Lunch
Balancing out their diet should done out of the home as well and should never be left to chance. Pack your children’s lunch when they go to school or on a trip. In doing so, you will know what foods your child is taking, and have a chance to prevent them eating negative materials.
Get Them Involved In Sports
Exercise is also key in making your kids physically fit, and there is no better way of getting them involved in exercise than sports. Sports are an ideal means of getting kids physically fit. They also help in their physical, as well as their mental development. Team sports will help children develop social skills by interacting with their peers, but also help them receive personal traits such as competitiveness, inner-drive, and perseverance. On the other hand, the best individual sport is swimming. It helps develop the entire body, all muscle groups and proper posture. When a child finds a sport he or she is good at they will also have an automatic boost in self-confidence.
Have Fun Exercise Outside
Get your children to go outside whenever possible. It is vital for child development that they receive a substantial amount of fresh air. Also, this can be a great opportunity for the whole family to get the required exercise. The possibilities of great outdoor exercise are endless. From simple walking and bike riding, to fun games such as treasure hunts and jumping on trampolines, outside activities are a great and simple way for the entire family to remain physically fit and enjoy their time in each others company.
Involve your kids in your daily exercise routine. Exercising together with your kids you will better motivate them, and basic stretch and warm-up exercises are a great way to start the day. In doing this, you will be certain that your child received the essential exercise, before a long day at school. Also, simple yoga has great potential with kids, since the yoga ball and different body shapes will spark their interest.
In the end, balance is the key ingredient to a healthy life. Incorporate a balanced diet and regular exercise into your children’s lifestyle, not only will they remain physically fit, but they will grow into well- developed individuals. Just remember to make it fun and interesting experience, and the kids will enjoy it.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and organizing awesome parties in Boing Central kids’ party places. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.