Fitness A Must, To Boost Brain Health Among Kids

Fitness A Must, To Boost Brain Health Among Kids

Dr.Neeraj Mehta profile Authored by Dr.Neeraj Mehta on 14 Aug 2015 - 17:51.

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Physical fitness is losing ground among children to video games, TV, studies and sedentary lifestyle. Child obesity and musculoskeletal development disorders by the age of 14 years is becoming a common sight in India.

Probably making physical education and routine exercise regime, a part of the curriculum could help address this problem. Least that can be done is, parents encouraging children to make physical activity a part of their every day life.

Immediate benefits of routine exercises include:

  • Improved ability to complete routine activities.
  • Healthy bones and muscles.
  • Improved motor skills
  • Reduced injuries.
  • Prevents many chronic health conditions. Regular exercising ensures a lower risk for developing chronic health problems.
  • Better flexibility level
  • Better concentration level.

    Some tips for parents to encourage fitness:

Taking special interest in your kids’ fitness level go a long way in the child future health. Parents can exercise with their kids, that way, it will help both parent and child to get fit and also make it a fun time. Some of the exercises that can be considered as fitness activities include:

  • Sports are considered as one of the best exercises. Playing a sport your child likes help boost interest in the activity.
  • Teach them Yoga. Yoga stretches work best as a holistic approach to improve overall health. If you are not familiar with correct postures then practice under the supervision of an expert.
  • Join a Gym: Parent and child joining a gym can help encourage each other to working out. There are number of exercise which can be attempted in the gym, not just weights.
  • Aerobics exercises such as swimming, cycling and even dancing are considered very effective physical activities.

Eating healthy is necessary for good brain health:

Most of the parents struggle with giving a healthy diet to their kids. Kids have strong likes and dislikes and prefer junk food to healthy diet. But there is no alternative to teaching your child to eat healthy for a healthy life ahead. The benefits of healthy eating are:

  • Overall health: Vegetables and fruits play a vital role in over all functioning of all the systems in the body. The blood circulation in the body improves and helps all the organs fuction at its optimum level.
  • Better metabolism: Green leafy vegetables contain iron, fiber, calcium and also have vitamin B. This enhances metabolic process followed by increased energy and memory
  • Good memory: Eating fruits which are full of Vitamin A, C and E can help boost memory power.
  • High energy: Healthy grains like, whole grains, oats, barley, chick peas and soybean, promotes brain function and releases energy for longer duration
  • Brain development: Dry fruits like, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and flax seeds, have healthy fats and other nutrients like omega 3, zinc, etc, which are essential for optimum functioning of the brain. 

Make drinking water, a rule! :

The healthiest habit, you can teach your child is to drink plenty of water. Keeping the body hydrated is very important. Water releases all the toxins from the body and ensures proper functioning of the digestive system.

Drinking water on empty stomach in the morning can increase your metabolic rate up to 30%. Liquids such as lime water, coconut water, fresh fruit juices should be added in your kid’s diet on a regular basis but carbonated drinks must be avoided.

Quick Tips:

  • Give children food in portions at intervals of 2-3 hours. This will keep them active and increase their metabolic functioning as well.
  • Eating their choice of junk food once in a while is allowed.
  • Parents must teach by example about healthy eating. That means, you should start eating healthy yourself and set an example to your child.

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.