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Why Fitness Is Important To Kids

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Why Fitness Is Important for Kids

 

 

 

 

 

With increasing pressure on kids these days to be cool and good at school the need to be fit can take a backward step. The concern with this is that children are getting bigger and are less healthy then children 10-20 years ago. A kid’s fitness should be a priority and there is a push from people who care like parents, coaches, teachers, and doctors to see that this happens.

 

It is important to understand that fitness is not about running 2 miles every day; it is all about eating well, being physically active for at least 20 minutes each day and having a healthy BMI score. When you are fit you notice that you feel well, your body functions correctly and your able to think and concentrate clearly on what you are doing.

 

To be a fit kid it is advised that you try and incorporate these five simple strategies on most days during the week: Don’t worry if you drop the ball and slip up as the best part of these strategies is that you can just start again.

 

Eat as many types of food groups as you can

 

Variety is the spice of life and this applies when you are choosing the foods you are going to eat. Your body needs nutrients to function properly and these nutrients are obtained from different types of foods. For example eating fruits and vegetables gives your body vitamins and minerals and helps your brain function properly. Eating meat products gives your body protein so your muscles can grow and develop. Eating dairy foods like cheese and yoghurt gives you calcium that helps your bones develop and grow strong. Lastly breads, pastas and rice are good for your digestive system and it helps your body get the necessary fibre needed to remove waste out of your body.

 

Drink Water everyday

 

Your body is made up of water and thus it is important that you are drinking water every day. About 70-80% of a child’s total water intake comes from drinking water and other beverages;

the rest comes from food that you eat.

 

The table below shows the recommended amount of beverages that children should drink on a daily basis.

 

Age Range

Cups of Water Per Day

1-3 years

4 cups of water   per day

4-8 years

5 cups of water   per day

9-13 years

8 cups for boys   and 7 cups for girls

14-18 years

11 cups for boys   8 cups for girls

Source: http://www.clocc.net/partners/54321Go/WaterIntake05-07.pdf

 

When choosing the water that you are going to drink, you can at times choose juices or even cordial to add flavour. It is advised that this only done on an occasional basis as juices and cordials have added sugar which can cause other health issues if eaten excessively.

 

 Be aware of what your body is saying

 

It is important that you listen to your body and be aware when your body is full. Eating too much food can lead to health related issues like Obesity. Your stomach is linked to your brain and signals your brain when it has enough food in it. If you ignore this process you could put on weight by eating more calories than your body needs.

 

Reduce your time playing Computer games and using hand held devices

 

With the development of technology like video games, T.V.’s, computers and phones, more children are sitting ideally and not moving and getting enough exercise. Most kids these days are using these devices for periods longer than 4 hours per day. It is recommended that they should only be used for 2 hours per day. So put down your technology and head outside and feel the fresh air blowing on your face and be active.

 

Be Physically Active

 

Being physically active doesn’t mean that you have to join the local sporting team and play soccer or football every day. The key is to find something that you love doing and then you no longer see it as a chore or something you have to do. Helping your parents outside, dancing and just running around with your friends are great ways of being physically active. Remember this: Physical Activity and being Fit is only restricted to your imagination. The more creative you can be with movements the more fun fitness will be.

 

 

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