Children of the 21st century are different. They are born in the era of technology, surrounded by gadgets, smart phones and gaming consoles. They have been provided with entertainment within the boundaries of their household.
Back in times kids used to have a life of their own which was not dependent upon any phones or consoles. Children used to play outside all day, riding bicycles, playing and inventing new games etc.
Children now rely on technology for the majority of their play, limiting challenges to their creativity and imaginations as well as limiting necessary challenges to their bodies to achieve optimal sensory and motor development.
For encountering this problem parents have to play a very dominant (but strategic) role in order to create a balance between gadget usage and physical activity. For kids, exercise sounds really boring therefore incorporation of the following activities in the lives of the children would help greatly in the healthy development of mind and body.
Encouraging activities like skipping, walking, running helps in strengthening of the bones, enhances growth and builds stamina. Muscle development also helps in building a healthy body with games such as tug of war, monkey bars, climbing trees etc.
Taking exercise in its literal meaning will put off your child’s mind away from it, that’s why exercises should be designed in the form of fun activities which helps them in enjoying outdoor activities. The physical activity is not just confined to healthy growth but it’s a savior to obesity, autism, and coordination disorders.
Parents are the role model for the kids. Therefore adopting and encouraging small habits like taking stairs rather than elevator, going on a walk, dancing or socializing etc. can help a lot in initiating and adopting outdoor activities. Health should always be your first priority!