Today most kids want to just sit around, playing videos and lying on the couch these days. This is were they get there name couch potatoes.
This is a big problem for most of the children in the untied states. Many of them are over weight because they don’t get the proper exercise today they need to stay healthy. The issue is leading to medical problems for our younger people.
What should we do to help the children today?
Today we should have more for the children to do. They should have safe hangouts as well as other kinds of groups that children should be able to enjoy activities. Children in some areas have too much time on there hands. The children have little to do, so they just hang out. Sometimes, the children get into trouble. Many children today just lay around missing the finer things in life.
We as parents should encourage activities instead of allowing them to lie around and play video games for 3 hours or more. Segment is the key. Instead of allowing them to play 3 hours of games each day, have them to walk 15 to 20 minutes between game play. Do not attempt to halt them abruptly since it could cause anger. Encourage your children to participate in sports at school.
How to encourage your children to walk to fitness:
There are times we all run out of bread and milk and have to go to the store. This is a good way to get the kids off the couch. Have them to walk to the store for you. If the store were, one mile or so away, then obviously you wouldn’t want them to walk. Use reason and common sense to encourage your children.
Children go to school. Instead of you as parents taking them back and forwards, ask them to walk. Walk with your children each morning to encourage them. That is a great start. There is so little for them to do that it is hard for kids to want to do anything, but lie around and play video games.
Perhaps you can work with the school. Ask them to start a program that involves walking fitness. When children have programs available to them, it will encourage them to participate. Parents can encourage children by joining them in outdoor activities. Walk to the park with your children. Join them in football, baseball or other sporting games. Have a picnic and start up a game plan. For example, the one who walks the furthest (within reason) gets an award.
In the past, children did not have the technology luxuries they have today. In the past, children played outside and enjoyed the sun and natural environment. Children would do chores, prepare for dinner and so on. Nowadays, children are running households in many instances. You are the parent and it is your duty to take control.
Back in the day, the kids were healthier. They were slim and trim but today many children are much over weight and have bad eating habits. FDA does not make it easier, since they allow harmful chemicals into our meat products and other products that promote weight gain. You don’t want to jump right in and change the whole lifestyle around but take it slow and you might get somewhere. Encourage your children by sectioning out activities, game time and so on. Start up your own walking fitness program. Ask your children to contact their friends to join you. Children when friends are invited will feel more like walking to fitness.