A healthy lifestyle for children is one of the trending topics around the world today. Have you ever wondered how a simple and seemingly basic way of life is now discussed on online platforms vigorously?
Increased screen time, lack of physical activity, increased sugary, fatty, and processed foods are all causes of the decline in children’s health.
Change this with a balanced diet. It helps fine-tune your body as well as your mind.
When 6-year-old Clare was seen uninterested in food and always sitting quietly in the corner of her room, her mum Lauren, decided she needed to find out the underlying cause. On investigation, she realized that the extended periods of screen time affected Clare. She was dazed and not in the mood to eat her meals.
With Lauren’s timely intervention, she was able to help Clare maintain a healthy lifestyle again.
Would you like to know how you can change the health of your kids?
Then follow these simple steps and find a marked improvement in the health and behavior of your child.
Make food stimulating exciting for kids. Colorful, vibrant fruits and vegetables are agreat ways of providing your kids with the essential vitamins and minerals they need. Kids are at different stages of growth, and fresh produce is the best way to help them.
- A colorful diet of fresh fruits and vegetables will increase their interest.
- Green leafy vegetables are a much-needed source of vitamins.
- Choose low-fat dairy or non-dairy products. Check for food intolerances here.
- Choose fresh fish with omega-3 fatty acids as well as lean meat.
- Try various Lentils and beans that are sources of minerals.
- Water is the right kind of hydration for kids.
- It is always best to reduce sugar and fats from the diet.
Reduce screen time
Yes, the pandemic has caused havoc with children’s daily activities, and screen time has drastically increased. But, there are still ways in which you can help them. Limiting the use of phones, television, video games, etc. will help your child stay more active.
Be sure to introduce something creative and physically demanding so that they do not miss the screen time. Play indoor games, have a family storytime, or start a DIY project.
Increase physical activity
Physical activities help to strengthen bones and reduce anxiety in kids. It alleviates the mood and increases their self-esteem too. Physical activity also helps reduce obesity. Try to get your child to do at least 2 hours of activities like yoga, aerobic, bone, and muscle strengthening. Join your kids in this routine, and you gain the benefits as well. You will find that family bonding strengthens with this process.
Kids of different age groups need anywhere between 6-10 hours of sleep. We find that the general rule of 8 hours is always a good idea. Research has shown that lack of sleep results in mood swings and also obesity. When a child does not sleep well, he tends to snack on foods at odd times.
Your child will be irritable and can cause tantrums if there is no quality sleep. Make sure you close all gadgets at least an hour before bedtime. Read a bedtime story. It helps most kids to sleep well. You can also try and increase physical activities before bedtime so that they are tired out and will fall asleep sooner.
A healthy lifestyle does not always mean food intake and physical activity. It also entails a healthy mind. Kids are always seeking attention and love it when praised for their efforts.
As parents, we must include hugs, words of praise, and encouragement in our daily routine. You build confidence in your child through this. Positive thoughts are always the perfect tools for a healthy child.
Establish a routine
A sedentary lifestyle is the root of all problems. If you are interested in building your child’s health through a healthy lifestyle, then a routine needs to be introduced.
Following a routine is one way to bring about discipline in a child. It helps your child stay focused. A child diligently follows the timetable set by their school. In the same way, you can introduce a routine that your child needs to follow at home.
Be strict about this routine and help them see the benefits. Time management and a sharper mind are the positives.
You want what is best for your child. It is possible by helping your child lead healthy lives.
The present generation of kids lacks a healthy lifestyle. Obesity, loneliness, anger, and irritability are all results of this poor lifestyle choice.
Take control of their lives and choose the above simple and effective ways to better health. You can help your child succeed in life!