Exercise Guidelines for Children
In order to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight, exercise is essential for everyone. There are so many health benefits to staying physically active, outside of weight loss and maintenance, which research has suggested that overall prolongs our lives and will prevent adult and childhood obesity.
There are two types of exercising that you can do, aerobic exercising and anaerobic exercising. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up, your blood pumping, and your body sweating. This would be considered a high intensity workout. Examples of aerobic exercise would be running, swimming, aerobic dancing, etc. Anaerobic doesn’t use up as much oxygen so your heart rate does not get to high and your breathing is slower than aerobic activity. Strength training, weight lifting, rock climbing and heavy gardening are a few examples of anaerobic activity.
Aerobic activity should make up most of the exercise activities that your child does throughout the week. Children should get at least an hour a day of physical activity to avoid childhood obesity. The minimum of exercise should be aerobic activity 3 times a week and anaerobic 3 times a week. This exercise will not only help maintain your child’s weight but it will also strengthen their bones and muscles, help prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions, and greatly improve overall health. Give your children as much variety as possible to stay active. The more options they have, the more activities they’ll get involved in. Healthy weight is important at a young age as a preventative to obesity so stress the importance of exercise, and healthy eating habits. Be effective parents by setting a good example and exercise along with your children.
If you are struggling and can’t motivate your child to get active seek a weight loss camp in the summer to jump start their attitude towards exercise and healthy eating. Often times children will not listen to their parents but a professional can show them the way to healthy living and beating the risk of childhood obesity.