All around the world, there are more and more children who are falling prey to many non-infectious diseases caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and habits. Most of these diseases were unheard of in children until recently such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Back in the day hearing that a child would have something of this sort would be a rarity and today parents dread finding out that their child may be at risk for such a disease. How can we change this? One of the best ways to do so would be to encourage an active lifestyle in your children, no matter how old they are.
Give Your Child Enough Attention to Distract Them from TV and Video Games
Today one of the main things that kids do would be to sit in front of the television as soon as they are home from school. No matter what age they are in, this is never a healthy habit. Sitting in front of the television for hours after school until dinner time must always be discouraged. If you are a stay at home parent, make sure that you give your child enough attention so that they will be engaged with you and perhaps even move around with you helping you out and even playing rather than simply sitting in front of the television or playing video games because they are bored.
Give Them the Resources They Need To Stay Active
If you feel that your child has an inclination to be active, give them all the help that they need with that. Maybe they want to get involved in some sport at school. If so give them the resources that they need for it. If they would much rather prefer to go cycling with you, take them to a reputed seller with bikes in store and let them pick one they like. The more that you help and motivate your child to stay active, the more they will enjoy doing so. Ultimately their active lifestyle will give them all the fitness and good health that they need. Remember that if your child had no access to what they need in order to pursue an active lifestyle they will simply get demotivated and give up.
Play With Them
Do you and your child share a common interest? Or maybe you just want to make sure that they are not seated in front of the computer all day long. If so, play with your kid. Whether they are junior or in high school they are never too old to play a good sport with their parents and you are never too old to indulge in some good old cardio yourself either. Playing together will build your communication levels too and will help you both bond better.