HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR KIDS
With daily physical activity and good habits will be well on their way to a healthy lifestyle for kids. Easy to say, however sometimes not very easy to do!With the continuous change that the world is witnessing, an increasing number of children all around the world suffer from a case of obesity. This really is as a result of the lifestyle change that development demands. It has never been more essential for parents and guardians to ensure that enjoy a healthy lifestyle for kids. Overweight, if not taken care of, can cause critical health issues in the early years and also later in life. Kids will benefit mentally, physically, academically and socially from a healthy way of life of proper nutrition and adequate exercise.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem. Many factors have resulted in more overweight or obese children including changes in our eating habits, physical activity and genetics.
Right now, the question is; “If I’m a parent, what am I going to do to make healthy life style for kids and my kids eat healthily, or, if I am a kid or a teenager, how can I start healthy eating habit?”
Make healthy snacks available; put unhealthy ones out of reach: Put fresh fruits in a fruit bowl in the kitchen where it is most convenient to access and where everybody can see. Also, you can have pre-cut fruits like watermelon and put them in the fridge for best taste and ease if your kids want a quick snack.
Low fat pretzels and nuts make fantastic snacks too, so get a packet and empty them into a bowl for quick access. Snacks like sweets, high calorie muesli bars and chocolate should be kept in the top cabinet beyond reach. The less your kid sees it, the less likely he will eat it!
Make use of Supplements: If your children are not touching their vegetables or your kid is having inconsistent eating habits as a result of social activities and peer group, supplements are a good way of compensating the insufficient nutrients caused by an unbalanced diet. For kids, try to find supplements which have ‘fun’ flavors and styles to make them appealing, but make sure that it is free from sweeteners and artificial flavors. Nutrients that are essential to kids around age 5-12 include calcium for strong bones and zinc for sharper and improved memory. Vitamins A, Vitamins C, Vitamins D, Vitamins E, K, biotin,niacin and folate are also crucial in providing your kids adequate antioxidants for utmost protection against illnesses and diseases and optimum immune function. For teens, look for supplements that provides and covers a wide range of necessary vitamins and minerals for maximum body support as this is the period where their body system is experiencing the most growth and development. Important nutrients include Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Biotin, Folate, Iodine, Calcium, Lycopene, Lutein, Niacin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Rutin, Thiamin, Tumeric extract, Selenium and Zinc. Make sure that the supplement you are buying have these nutritional supplements at the very least in order to guarantee healthy immune performance and perfect health for their developing adolescent bodies.
Regular Exercise – The major factor for staying healthy and fit for both adults and children is regular exercise. Try to plan exercise activities (whichever they might be) periodically, but do not push your kids beyond their strength because this may have a negative effect on them wishing to do anything at all. It is very important to make sure that your kids are pleased and not resenting the exercise.