Exercise and Children

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Cardio exercises are a crucial routine for anyone who wants to be slimmer.  This is also a crucial part of the children’s routine.  Researchers found out that just twenty minutes of doing things like jumping, hopping, or even having an old-fashioned wheel barrow race works the musculoskeletal system enough in improving strength by as much as 75%! The more muscle mass kids have the higher their metabolism, meaning strength training has the added benefit of keeping weight in check. There are three elements essential to optimal physical fitness: endurance, strength and flexibility. Pull-ups and other exercises help in toning and strengthening muscles while building flexibility. When kids participate in activities like climbing they are also developing strength and balance. Reaching and stretching are also activities, which develop flexibility. Endurance comes from active play or aerobic activity. Getting stronger and improving the ability so that they could accomplish more physical activities helps preschoolers and kindergartners gain confidence and increase feelings of self worth.

All exercise that involves the heart to pump counts as a cardio workout – here’s a list that could  help you and your children get started:

1. Skipping rope – it burns extra calories per minute than other aerobic exercises.

2. Running around – playing with the dog or running from the bottom of a slide back to the top are powerful ways in getting  little hearts pumping.

3. Swimming in a pool – exercise in water adds up to 12 times the resistance to the movement process.  As an added benefit, swimming also builds endurance and strength.

4. Jumping in a bouncy house – Looks just for fun, but in reality, this is an effective aerobic exercise.  It helps improve balance and coordination.

5. Climbing and swinging – it helps in building muscle strength and coordination and hanging by one’s knees is a terrific way in getting a new look at the world.

Healthy eating choices are an crucial part of any fitness program. Attending family meals make children eat more vegetables since they ar required to eat vegetables. A growing body of research shows that sitting down together for dinner on a regular basis not only teaches kids how to develop healthy eating habits, it may also make for happier children who are fewer chances to smoke, drink, do drugs or get into extreme weight control activities.

As usual, getting started is always the hardest part since it requires a change in the lifestyle, but when parents and children get engage in the same activity, everyone can enjoy themselves.  Any activity gets easy if both parties are putting some effort on the same activity.  Keep everyone challenged by stepping up the routine difficulty level.  There will come  a time that the body will not feel anything as the workout routine becomes easier to do.  That will not help in losing weight.