Reducing Obesity and Lethargy in Youth Through Exercise

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Childhood obesity is getting to be too much of a problem today. Many children tend to eat too much processed food and fail to exercise. Physical activities, which used to be a past time for children before are almost forgotten. Children still play games, but using game consoles and other hand held devices, with games that pit their skills and dexterity against themselves, the video game character or other gamers.

As a result, children are not expending their stored energy as they should. They tend to sit down for long hours playing games or browsing the web. With their preference for processed foods and fast food meals, they consume more carbohydrates and cholesterol from oily and sugar-laden food.  Most children become fat and in worst cases, obese. Their muscles are not stretched, circulation is hampered and they tire easily because their bodies are not accustomed to movement. If your children are getting fatter and lethargic, here are some ideas on how to encourage them to have a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Teach them the importance of being physically active

Help your children understand that physical activity has many benefits. Help them understand that exercise can help them increase their energy levels, manage their weight; increase their self-esteem; reduce anxiety and stress; lower blood pressure and even strengthen their bones. Talk to them in age-appropriate language and look for good information as teaching aid.

Encourage them to be active

There are fun workouts that you can teach your kids. There are structured youth training programs as well as family activities that you can do on weekends and holidays. Examples of the latter include dancing, swimming, soccer, basketball, jumping rope, brisk walking or playing tag, which are physical activities of moderate intensity. Skating and roller blading, hiking, sledding, skiing, baseball, tennis, hop scotch, softball and dodge ball are also good exercises for the youth.

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