We don’t need any more reports to tell us that our kids are getting fatter all the time. All we have to do is look around. With the advancement of video games, phones and social media, children and teens are tempted to stay inside and stare at screens while eating snacks.
Inactivity and poor eating habits are key factors as to why our children are becoming so fat.
The CDC has reported that “childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years” and has also stated that “ In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.”
We have got to get our children eating better foods, making better choices, and moving their bodies more. We have to stop making excuses.
There are lots of ways to keep kids active. Here are five of them:
Ever do the gardening and find, the next day, that you’re aching in places you never thought you had? Forty-five minutes of gardening is great exercise, and kids love it. Digging, weeding, planting and watering are a lot of fun for children.
Watching their veggies, fruits and flowers grow gives children a sense of pride and accomplishment. It’ll also encourage them to eat the produce they created.
If you don’t have your own place to garden, go to a community garden. Most towns and cities have them.
Have your kids rake leaves in the fall and help with snow removal in winter. Make these outdoor chores something they do at least twice a week. They’ll get out of the house, into the fresh air and move their bodies consistently.
Walking is the easiest form of activity. It’s free, and it firms up the body, burns calories and brings kids outdoors. You can also do it indoors by taking the stairs, and using indoor walking tracks in winter.
The Mayo Clinic agrees that walking is a great form of exercise. The more you walk, the more you can benefit. Going for brisk walks regularly can help you to:
- Develop better coordination and balance
- Improve mood
- Keep your bones strong or make them stronger