The word COVID sounds quite scary as it should; this pandemic claimed over 232k confirmed lives all around the globe. People are isolated and imprisoned in their own homes and then their mental boundaries. But in this situation, we also need to care about health and fitness for kids & ours too.
Man is a social animal, so this solitary living is outing him of his comfort zone. This pandemic is a universal crisis, and for some children, it has more profound and far-reaching effects. Although children are not the face of this pandemic, they fear to be amongst its highest prays.
Isolation and Mitigation Measures: –
- Children of all nations and countries are being affected by this harmful socio-economic effect and sometimes by the mitigation measure that is meant to prevent, reduce, or control adverse environmental impacts of a project. That project happens to be widespread of a virus that may inadvertently do more harm than good
- We try to cushion the outcome of this pandemic by social distancing and isolation, but that ends up preventing children and kids from experiencing adequate stimulation in life needed for their mental growth. This isolation period might not affect an adult’s life quite to that scope, but a child needs necessary development needs that might be physical, emotional, social or cognitive
- The ripple effect of this disease is being felt by families and societies seen in authentic ways, including strain on healthcare systems, a pending economic crisis, food and housing insecurity, and social upheaval.
- This pandemic also added burden to families for childcare and financial responsibilities compounded by unstable economic conditions and social isolation. In many cases, it is fertile ground for home environments characterized by toxic stress.
Keeping Kids Healthy and Active During COVID-19
They happen to be given to us can be extremely productive and helpful to our children and us to induce health and fitness for kids, keeping them active.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your child. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought with it new challenges for families across the globe.
Aside from other things this time in quarantine seems to be the perfect time to spend with families and kids getting the absolute amount of attention from their parents and it is what I think GOLDEN TIME for kids.
Kids need to be active and up to be able to grow up strong, healthy, intelligent, and, most importantly, happy. The regulatory bodies that provide evidence-based recommendations for physical exercise advocate a minimum of an hour a day of moderate to the vigorous physical activity starting at age five. Before that, babies, toddlers, and young children should be active several times a day, accumulating three hours of varying kinds and levels of physical activity spread throughout the day. But amidst the current situation, there aren’t many activities to do for kids aside from their phones and computers, but that might be harmful to their minds for various reasons regarding health and can get them unwanted access to inappropriate content.
So the questions arise HOW TO GIVE BALANCED DIET FOR CHILDREN? HOW TO FOCUS ON HEALTH AND FITNESS OF KIDS?
Suggestions And Recommendation For Parents
1. Keep it Fun
Every hates chores and chooses to avoid it. The same is with the kid. The workout and active time is a task or duty for the kids; they will run away from it and wouldn’t be able to be persistent.
2. Dance Time
Set a time every day when you put on some music and everyone dances. Just before you start dinner, when everyone feels frayed and grumpy, it is a good time for a ten-minute dance break. One thing some kids enjoy more than typical exercise and workout is dancing.
3. Limit Screen Time
Set a time every day when you put on some music and everyone dances. When everyone’s feeling frayed and grumpy, it is a good time for a ten-minute dance break. Limits on watching TV, playing the video.
4. Don’t be too Strict
Children, and especially teens, hate being told what to do and bossed around. Instead, they try to be communicative with them and understand what they want and be cooperative with their wishes.
5. Make Fitness Priorities at Home
Be the best role model for your kids and make them have someone to look up to and follow you .kids learn from watching, and in the end, they will end up walking down your paved path.
6. Maintain a Rounded Routine
Make sure you are checking on the basics: proper bedtime, mealtime, screen times. Structured days with regular time sets are essential parts in keeping kids healthy and happy.
7. Be Optimistic and Positive About Things
If your child is overly focused on the negatives thoughts and outcomes, help them be optimistic instead of being pessimistic; for example, let them know that if there is a risk of something, that does not necessarily happen.
8. Ask Them to Help with Chores
Give kids chores. Starting at age two or so, children can help with physically active chores around the house, including taking out the garbage, making beds, sweeping the kitchen, scrubbing floors, raking leaves, clearing snow, washing the car.
9. Healthy Balance
Strive for balance. Physical activity should be woven into daily life as happily and seamlessly as possible. When your child isn’t feeling well or is experiencing unusual stress, loosen your expectations around exercise, and find more extended activity periods when working more easily into her life.
Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
People tend to develop their eating preferences early in adolescence or childhood. People can have an extensive pallet, or some might only eat some specific things. Habits of nitpicking also develop early and can be stopped too.
To encourage healthy eating habits, the challenge is to make nutritious choices appealing
- Focus on Overall Diet
It might be a challenge to incorporate a healthy balanced diet in your child’s palette, and that might be possible by —food that is as close to its natural form as possible—and less packaged and processed food.
- Disguise the Taste of Healthier Foods
Add vegetables to a beef stew, for example, or mash carrots up with mashed potato, or add a sweet dip to slices of apple.
- Healthier Snacks Rather than High Carbohydrates
Please make sure you have healthy snacks available to avoid eating junk foods, especially when the risks are even higher, convince them to have something homemade.
- Limit Sugar and Refined Carbs
Are sugars and refined grains that have been stripped of all bran, fiber, and nutrients—such as white bread, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, white flour, white rice, and many breakfast bowls of cereal. They cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar and fluctuations in mood and energy. On the other hand, complex carbs are usually high in nutrients and fiber and are digested slowly, providing longer-lasting energy. They include whole-wheat or multigrain bread, high-fiber cereals, brown rice, beans, nuts, fruit, and non-starchy vegetables.
- Avoid Sugary and Carbonated Drinks.
Try making them homemade lemonade and smoothies, milkshakes and tell them the adverse effects of all the carbonated drinks and get them to change their preferences slowly but! With patience and keep your calm.
Although it is a time of chaos and global disaster, we need to keep our composure and use it to get productive. This golden period set ourselves into a new track that we meant to but couldn’t due to our busy schedules and work responsibilities and spend times our precious family. This time especially is beneficial for kids as they can develop skills that will be useful to them later on. young children can vitalize this time too, but their caretakers need them to provide proper mind development games and tasks We can come out of this pandemic stronger if and only if we try hard to do so !!!
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