Training Healthy and Active Kids
It is crucial that you raise healthy and active kids because it can help them in the conduct of their everyday lives. Parents here in Singapore are encouraged to spend time caring for their kids and move toward a healthier and active lifestyle. There are many ways that you can do to raise fit kids.
Speaking of fit kids, there is an international research conducted by Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in collaboration with University of North Dakota that identified the fittest kids in the world. The study’s respondents were 1,142,026 kids aged 9 to 17 from 50 countries. To measure the fitness of the kids, the team placed them in a 20 meter shuttle run test or also called Beep Test.
The Beep Test is the most common test to gauge the aerobic fitness of children and teens. The results will amaze you. The fittest kids in the world (in order) are Tanzania, Iceland, Estonia, Norway and Japan. Canada on the other hand is at number 19 while America is at 47. The least fit is Mexico.
With this in mind, it is important that you keep your children healthy and active. Here are the trainings that you can consider for your kids:
- Aerobic training: Whether your kids are interested in sports or not, it is crucial that you make them do aerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises include running, walking and swimming. Ideally, children (including adults) should at least do a 30-minute aerobic activity every day. Aerobic training is good kind of exercise because it can increase the endurance of the muscles thereby making the circulation of oxygen by the heart effective.
- Strength training: You think that your kids do not need this and that is where you are wrong, Strength training like pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups should be encouraged as a part of strength training because it can make the muscles strong. If the muscles are strong, it will protect your kids from having serious injuries. You need to consider exercise that will contract the muscles through resistance. Do not ever leave your kids without your supervision.
- Flexibility training: You have to train your kids that if they do strenuous activities, they need to stretch first. Stretching is actually part of flexibility training.
That is everything you need to make your kids fit. There will come a day that Singapore will be the number one fittest children in the world. There are many benefits of getting fit so let your kids fully understand it.