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Physical activity and children

Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits.

To ensure the role of physical activity and make it a basic system and daily lifestyle of the individual, we must concern ourselves for children and the inclusion of physical activity within their daily schedule to preserve their health and growth properly and make them react in a positive way through the participation in physical activity.

In this era of high-tech electronic devices that are available throughout the day (including video games, Internet and TV shows) many children are becoming more sedentary and getting very little physical exercise. It can be a challenge for parents to pull their children away from it all. Finding ways to motivate children to become more active may take a bit of effort, but it will prove to be an effort well worth your time.

Physical inactivity is associated with various health risks for children, such as:
• Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and cholesterol
• Introversion and social isolation
• Harmful effects on children’s cognitive function and muscular system

How to motivate kids to do physical activity and stay away from electronic devices
• Trying to designate a set time for exercise and sports, such as running, swimming, and playing football
• Participating in physical activities and festivals during school hours
• Reducing the time spent in front of television and other electronic devices to two hours a day
• Having parents engage with children to develop their physical hobbies like bike ridding and swimming
• Creating conditions and appropriate places for kids to play and increase their physical activity.


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