The Best Physical Exercises For Child Obesity
Childhood obesity is on the rise in almost every developed country in the world. In the US alone over 30% of children under the age of 18 are considered overweight or obese, with that number set to rise over the next decade. The CDC state that this is mainly due to children not getting enough exercise, certainly not the recommended 30-60 mins a day.
Children don’t exercise the same way that adults do, so even if you’re an active person, it can be tricky to know how to make sure that your child is getting enough exercise. With that in mind, here are four exercises your child can do to lose weight.
Incredibly simple, but also highly effective. Jumping rope for even five minutes can be more than enough to get substantial cardiovascular exercise and doesn’t require much in the way of equipment or space. Why don’t you and your child have a competition to see who can do more jumps? Or who can keep going the longest? Make a game out of it, and they won’t even know they’re exercising.
Kids have a lot of excess energy, and will gladly hammer away at a pad for a long time without much encouragement. Boxing is a great exercise as it is once again cardiovascular but also helps to tone the arm and shoulder muscles at the same time. If you’re feeling adventurous and have the right knowledge, you can always teach your child to kick as well. Kicking is one of the most intensive exercises you can do due to engaging many large muscles in the body. If they begin to flag, again, make a game or competition out of it.
Despite what it might seem, a good game of tag can be a much more effective exercise than it might first seem. Due to its stop-start nature, it works in much the same way as circuit training, not allowing the body to recover before it’s on the move again. Also, during one game it wouldn’t be unusual to cover a good couple of kilometers of distance, even if the game itself is taking place in a small space.
Swimming is often considered one of the best full body exercises possible due to its simultaneous toning and cardio, as well as being low-impact, meaning if your child is carrying extra weight, they won’t damage their joints. Make swimming a regular family trip, and invent games that will encourage your child to swim. These can include swimming tag, races, hide and seek and others. Get creative and, like always; they won’t even know they’re exercising.