In today’s world of instant foods, junk foods, processed foods and packed meals, children are prone to a lot of diseases and ailments. Obesity is one of the leading problems among most growing children today, followed by a lack of immunity. Both these problems can be remedied through eating healthy and exercising by performing physical activities.
With April 7th being World Health Day, it is time to emphasize to children that “health Is wealth” and instill health-consciousness in their minds. Children must be taught to practice a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and meditation.
Healthy Activities That Children Can Adopt
Let us take a look at some of the fun-filled healthy activities and habits that your children can adopt starting from World Health Day 2019 in order to improve their health and well-being.
1. Do some physical activity daily
Today’s children are most often confined to their couches watching TV, playing games on the XBox, or pottering with their mobile phones. They go to school with a bulging school bag full of books, come home tired and flop themselves on the sofa, and grab their phone. The glowing rectangles of the mobile, computer, and TV screen draw them in and they stare at it for hours on end.
Physical activity has become a thing of the past these days and this is the reason for their obesity and illnesses. Starting from World Health Day, children must pledge to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This activity can be anything which pleases them provided it involves active body movements.
Children can go for a brisk walk or do jogging in their neighbourhood. Skipping and aerobics in the outdoor garden or at the park is advisable. So is yoga for the children who love to do these unique exercises. Children who love dance can also do Zumba or even perform some classical dance. Those who love sport can play badminton, tennis, football, cricket, or basketball. Swimming also helps them cool off in the heat. For those children with a spirit of adventure, even climbing is a good activity.
Whatever they prefer, children can do as a physical activity but they must do it for at least half-an-hour daily. It becomes fun for them if done with their friends, so encourage others to join in. Let this become a regular practice and habit for them to improve their health every day.
2. Connect with Nature
These days, children are often cooped up in the confines of their home. They do not have any interaction with nature and the outside environment. Breathing fresh air, walking in the garden, picking leaves and flowers are almost forgotten.
From World Health Day, children must vow to connect with nature at least once a week. This can be done by taking a walk in the park or the garden. Make sure they leave their phones and other electronic devices at home. Going for a nature walk and picking up rocks, leaves, and flowers can be really fun for the children.
Parents can also teach children to plant trees and experience the joy of nature. Children can even do bird-watching and butterfly-spotting if they are taught to do so. Children can also learn to give back to Mother Nature the love they received from it by watering plants, taking pets for walks, or by offering food to birds and bees. This can be an educational experience as well.
Connecting with nature improves the child’s health and relaxes their minds. They are also exposed to fresh air and sunlight which augment their immunity and well-being.
3. Maintaining the right routine
Being healthy Is a challenge for children these days. But with discipline, this challenge can easily be overcome. Children must follow the right routine daily to maintain their good health. It’s easy to start, but these activities must be done everyday so they become a habit.
Rising early and going to bed early are a definite must. Children should wake up early in the morning to breathe in the fresh ozone air. A hearty home-cooked breakfast is the right way to start the day. Eating healthy food full of vegetables and fruits Is the key to a good life. Drinking plenty of water is essential for their digestion and good metabolism.
From World Health Day, children must take an oath to avoid junk and processed or packaged food. They must vow to eat only fresh home-cooked food and avoid eating out to prevent diseases like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. Children must be taught to practise such healthy activities to maintain their good health.
Those are the three most healthy activities for kids to do starting from World Health Day to improve their wellbeing.
Develop a Healthy Mind
Just like these activities improve physical fitness, there are also mental activities to improve memory, knowledge, and sharpness.
One of these is reading. Reading is much better than watching video after video on YouTube or scrolling endlessly through a Facebook feed. News Shuttle is a site that aims to inculcate the habit of reading in students. They engage kids with fun, safe, and empowering news on what’s happening in the world around them.
Parents can also seek the help of online learning sites like LetsPractise that offer valuable worksheets and papers for children from 1st to 10th standard for CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, SSC, State Board, and more.
Children are the future of our society. Maintaining their good health should be our first and foremost concern to evolve a better world.