Our lifestyle is sedentary in a big way and the effects of this sedentary society are also transferred to our children. Child obesity is becoming a major issue in the developed world. Our children are not only getting obese but also unhealthy. One problem is the overuse of technology in our lives.
We as adults can make choices about how to spend our lives. But our kids have to depend on us for making their choices. One thing that is right within our powers to do and which we must do is instill in them healthy habits so that they grow up as healthy and active adults.
One fantastic way of introducing your kids to healthy exercise routine is by taking them out on walking with you. By exercise we do not mean strenuous exercise for kids but just normal walks in the surroundings of your homes or in the nearby park. For example, take them along when you take your favorite dog to the park. This kind of physical exercise will not only keep children from getting obese but it also helps in muscle development. Exercise is known to improve muscle and bone strength in children but a lot of them are not getting enough physical activity.
The benefits of taking your children for walking are not just physical in nature. Exercise also releases happiness hormones called endorphins. The kids will feel happier and more full of energy throughout the day.
This will improve feelings of confidence and self-worth in kids and also helps in a big way in their mental development.
When you walk with kids, you dedicate time to the children, which they crave for and absolutely love. Walks do not mean that you keep talking to you friend while your child walks in silence with you. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to your kids and bond with them. Such bonding opportunities with kids are hard to come by in busy life and when the opportunity comes, you must grasp it with all seriousness.
We must take our children out for walking regularly because why should we not. There is no excuse. The benefits of walking with children are so immense. It helps in children’s development and there is no cons for it.
Even otherwise, walking is a healthy activity for parents themselves and healthy parents mean healthy child. If you can squeeze in some time, try to start taking your kids out for regular walks. It will not only help in their physical and mental development but you will also strengthen your relationship with your children and this is something which you can not turn down whenever offered.
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