More and more children are becoming obese in the modern world. About eighty percent of obese children will go on to become obese or overweight as adults. Obesity can lead to medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Self esteem might also be lowered by obesity. It is important for parents to help a child with weight loss. Parents should seek to encourage children to develop healthy habits and to participate in regular physical activity. This might take the form of physical education classes or extracurricular sports at school or in the community.
Warming Up is vital when it comes to the prevention of injury. Thus, it is very important for a child to warm up prior to exercise. Warming up can take the form of five minutes of light activity, such as callisthenics, walking, and stretching.
Exercising should only be undertaken properly after a warm up. Around fifteen to forty minutes of regular exercise should be performed each day. The exercise can take the form of fast walking, biking, jogging, rollerblading, swimming, running, jumping rope, soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, football, or hockey. Regular exercise should become a part of a child's everyday routine. Instead of driving, try to walk or ride a bike to your destination. Encourage the child to walk with friends or walk the dog each afternoon. Try to use stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Other small things can help, such as parking the car at the end of the parking lot rather than parking right beside the mall or store. The performing of chores like yardwork or housework can also help one to gain exercise. Family exercise is a great way to ensure that kids, and parents, get enough exercise.
How to cool down
After exercising, make sure to cool down, in order to avoid injury. This is similar to the warm up, and it should take a similar form to the warming up process. Try to perform exercises like callisthenics, walking, and stretching.
Strength Training can also be an appropriate part of any training regime. Training such as this can help to build up muscle mass, thus making it easier for the child to maintain and lose weight as required. It is often recommended that children and adolescents should avoid weight lifting, power lifting, and body building. The recommended age for commencing weight training is fifteen years old. However, younger children can perform light weight lifting exercises if properly supervised.