Gone are the days when neighborhood kids are more often seen racing by the roadside, skipping ropes, or playing hide-and-seek. Instead, they are most likely found huddled in a friends living room playing video games or watching cartoons. That is not the case though when TV was still in black-and-white. Todays kids definition for leisure is closely related to computer gaming. To gather friends means getting the latest version of a role-playing computer online game or showing a newly-release DVD version of a hit animated film
Kids have also raised the level of junk food to that of a staple meal, nearly believing that life would be unbearable without it. You do not have to say a word when offering anything fatty and sweet. However, if you try convincing them to eat fish or even greens, you would rather teach a dog to sing and dance. Their diet is dictated by fast food chain commercials on TV and not by anyone else.
This phenomenon naturally defines how kids today tend to live a very unhealthy lifestyle. Obesity among them has become very common. Many suffer hypertension at a very early age from so much bad cholesterol. Others acquire diabetes from excessive intake of sweets. The flawed diet combined with physical inactivity spell harm for the kids health and fitness.
Totally preventing them from eating junk food or from watching TV might be too cruel for the kids. The best that parents can do is to facilitate activities that improve the kids physical fitness. These are important to help them burn the loads of fat they acquire from unhealthy food, to strengthen their bones, and to develop their muscles. These may also develop them mentally, improving their alertness and their brain and body coordination. With physical activities that require them to play with other kids, they will also learn to relate socially and gain the sense of teamwork.
Physical fitness is important for kids. People tend to think it is just for adults who are more prone to cardio-vascular ailments. However, health problems related to sugar and fat intake did not just appear when someone turns thirty. These are usually the result of neglect for years since childhood. If he had been fitness-conscious since then, he might not have those troubles in his adulthood.
It would be cruel and rigorous to a kid though if the adult concept of physical fitness training is strictly applied on him. However, outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, sports and other kids games can encourage him to sweat out and burn calories. There are also fitness-training methods that are creatively and professionally designed to catch the kids interest. These dwell on motivating the kids to participate actively in fitness training sessions by simply making it fun and enjoyable, making it just another easy routine in a child's day.