3 Activities That Keep Kids Moving and Healthy
By Genevieve Cunningham
Kids are full of energy. If you've ever been around kids for more than a few minutes, you know that their energy, if bottled and sold, could make millions. But even with all of that energy, kids in today's world are getting less movement and activity than ever before. Why? Devices. TV, laptops, cellphones. Kids are addicted to screens, and it's harming their health. Because of this, it's more important than ever to get and keep your kids moving. But how do you do it? Start young! If you need some ideas to help get your little ones moving and loving it, take a look at these great activities.
Kids are great dancers. If you've ever seen a children's dance recital, you know that statement isn't necessarily true. Perhaps a better description would be: Children love to dance! And this is definitely true. If given the chance at a young age, many kids enjoy dance of all kinds. And the good thing about dance is that it requires whole body muscle engagement, coordination practice, and engages the mind as well. It's a great way for kids to get some exercise, have some fun, and build healthy movement habits.
Gymnastics is hard, even for little ones. But when kids are little, they have less awareness of the difficulty and more awareness of the fun. That's why it's a great activity to start your little ones out on. They'll gain coordination, balance, massive strength, and body awareness. And it might allow them to develop a love for body movement. Find a class, join in on the fun, and you're kids are more likely to be healthy long-term.
Do you have a little one who loves pretend fighting? Perhaps one who loves to play ninja? If so, it might be a good time to check out karate. Karate requires balance and swift movements of the arms and legs. And another great quality for kids, it also requires self-discipline. For exercise, karate encourages muscle development and allows them to get some cardio. If you child seems interested, let them give it a try at their local children's gym.
It's important to keep your children moving. If you don't help them get exercise, they're at risk for weight gain and a heightened risk for multiple diseases. Help your children learn healthy habits and move toward a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life by getting them involved and moving with these activities today.
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