November 30, 2007 |
Childhood obesity is a major problem in this country. While junk food and fast food are certainly part of the epidemic, you can’t overlook the fact that kids just aren’t as active these days.
Television, DVDs, computers and video games can lure children into the house and render them immobile for hours at a time. While some of these activities may be good for their minds, they’re certainly not good for their cardiovascular health.
School-age kids needs at least one hour of exercise a day and shouldn’t be inactive for more than two hours at a time. But remember, exercise doesn’t mean you have to be running on a treadmill or the elliptical machine; it’s about getting your kids up and moving.
Consider these activities that are fun for the whole family:
• Scheduled walks. Instead of plopping down in front of the television after dinner, take a walk together. This will aid in digestion and tire them out before bed.
• Family game days. Organize a family softball game, kickball game or even game of tag. Invite your children’s friends.
• Sign up for a class. Many martial arts schools offer classes that families can take together like Tae Kwon Do or kickboxing.
• Bowling. Set a date every month to take the family out on the lanes. It’s fun and in most places, inexpensive.