Today’s world of fast living and fast foods poses a threat to the health of children. Research shows that child obesity has many serious negative impacts on development and effects health in later life. Moreover, facts show how in recent years it is on the rise.
With so much worrying information out there, parents must find ample ways to promote a healthier life-style to their children. It is not easy to encourage kids to eat healthier foods and exercise regularly. And since children lose interest easily, the activities must be fun and interesting in order to motivate them. So, in order to help your kids remain healthy in both body and mind, you might look for alternative and fun ways of tricking your kids into a healthier way of living.
Go With the Flow
Liquids are essential to human beings. Water and other fluids help in removing toxins from the body, and keep it hydrated. By increasing liquid intake you help the body burn fat quicker and trick kids into being full. However, store-bought juice is unhealthy as it contains high levels of sugar, preservatives, artificial coloring and other unnatural materials. So, in order to increase your children’s input of fluids always go for natural drinks. Water, tea, homemade juice and lemonade, all are beverages your child can drink. And by pouring them in colorful glasses and cups they will learn to love them.
The Green Initiative
Incorporate as many fruits and veg into your child’s diet. Even though they are kids’ worst enemies, you can increase children’s intake of healthy greens by making them interesting. You can make colorful juice out of most organic produce that taste great, and by juicing them raw you also retain their natural health qualities. Another great way of getting children to eat fruits and veg is to be creative and make funny snacks. Draw faces on peels, or incorporate cutting techniques and combining different sorts to make eyes, teeth or limbs. Also, find quality commercial refrigerator for keeping your food fresher longer.
Are You Nuts?
Nuts and seeds can make great alternative snacks. Nuts like almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts contain healthy oils which burn fat and rich in protein which help develop muscles. By toasting them you accentuate their taste and make them crunchier which children find great. Shelled pumpkin and sunflower seeds are also great since the entire process of peeling them appeals to kids.
Pack your children’s lunch for school. This is important since you will have absolute control over what your kids eat. And since most cafeterias serve food rich in fat, sodium and sugar, you can prevent your child of taking in all those negative materials. Just remember to make tasty and interesting to their eyes.
Fun and Sports
Exercise is also necessary in making your kids healthier, and getting your kids involved in sports is a great way of incorporating it into their life style. Sports provide ideal physical, but also mental development in children. Team sports help to create competitive nature and develop social skills. While the best individual sport is swimming, since it improves the development of almost all of the bodies’ muscles.
It’s a Beautiful Day
Getting outside whenever possible is a great family activity and an ideal way for children to receive their required exercise. Not only that, but the fresh air and higher level of oxygen help in brain development and physical fitness. You can do this by going hiking in the mountains or on bicycle rides, which are great for the entire family. Another fun way to get your children outside is to organize outdoor games, such as scavenger and treasure hunts, jump rope and hula-hoop competitions or neighborhood races.
Jump into Fitness
You can also trick your children into getting their required exercise with fun activities like trampolines. Through play kids can exercise their muscles, and lose weight since 10 minutes of jumping on trampolines equals 30 minutes of running. By taking them to party venues for kids, children can bounce around, have fun and stay physically fit.
Involve your children into your own exercise routines. By making it a way to bond and have fun, you can get your child to exercise with you. Basic warm-up and stretch exercises in the morning are ideal for this, as they don’t take too much time and help children workout before a long day at school. You can also get them interested in yoga, since yoga balls are a fun backdrop for kids to stay active.
These are just some of the things you can do to promote a healthier and more active way of life to your kids. Maybe they won’t always be up to it, but by making it fun and interesting you will be able to trick them into healthier eating and exercising. In doing so, they will have an amazing time and remain in great physical shape.