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How to Improve Child’s Physical Condition

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Sports

Getting involved in sports can help improve your child’s physical condition and help him stay healthy. First, ask your child what he enjoys.  He probably won’t enjoy the activity if you force him to play something he doesn’t like. An example of sports is basketball. When a child plays basketball, he strengthens the muscles in his arms and legs and also improves his cardiovascular system by running and by dribbling the ball. He also learns to control his force and to remain calm when shooting. Different sports help your child to develop different skills.

 

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Food

Exercise along with a balanced diet provides the foundation for a healthy, active life.  Every food group is important to providing essential nutrients and energy that can support normal growth and good health. Choose foods that have a high content of nutrients (protein, vitamins, and minerals) compared with the amount of calories, fat, and sodium content. It is not too late to start.

 

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Turn off the TV and Play with your child

Limit TV watching and computer use. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities. Help your child find a sport that she enjoys. The more she enjoys the activity, the more likely she will continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.

 

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Dancing/Singing

Another great exercise to help improve physical condition is dancing. Even elders do dancing as a form of healthy exercise, and kids of all ages love to dance with their friends.  Dancing is very good for the heart, can help to reduce fats, improves the cardiovascular system, and builds arm and leg strength. While dancing benefits the physical condition, singing can help to reduce stress and promotes a positive attitude.

 

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Make time for exercise and do not overdo it

Some children are so over scheduled with homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercise. Make time for exercise when your child is ready to start, remember to tell her to listen to her body. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If this occurs, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it. If your child's weight drops below an average, acceptable level or if exercise starts to interfere with school or other activities, talk with your child's doctor.

 

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Jogging

If you go out for a jog every morning, you can take your child with you. To keep him motivated, explain to him that jogging will make him healthy. Since your child is still young, he won’t be able to run at the same pace or for the same distance as you. Remind your child not to force himself. Just like playing sports, running will improve your child’s leg strength and promote his cardiovascular health. It’s much easier for kids to stay in a good mood all day if their body is in good condition.

 

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