Parents are constantly bombarded with news stories that proclaim there is a childhood obesity epidemic in the country, but not every child in the country is overweight. In fact, some children eat great and get numerous hours of cardio-based exercise through their various exercises. The problem that plagues parents of these kids is how to keep them healthy in spite of their active lifestyle, rather than because of their inactive lifestyle.
Active kids, such as child athletes, are often torn between their commitments to school and their sports. They may also have other activities such as church activities or charitable organizations that the family is involved in. These are highly active kids that often don’t have time to properly care for their bodies. As a parent, you will want to be extra vigilant in monitoring your active child’s health.
Sleep Time: First and foremost, it is imperative that you monitor how much sleep your child gets each night. You may research how much sleep the average child of your child’s age receives, but you should be aware that each child is a unique individual with different requirements for sleep. Some kids naturally need more, and others naturally need less. Monitor your child’s mood and how he acts during his downtime to determine if he is getting enough sleep.
Healthy Diet: Active kids are often kids who eat on the go. Rather than fill your child up with unhealthy snacks and sugary hydration drinks, take a few minutes to pack a bag of healthy snacks before you leave the house.
Hydration: You should also actively monitor your child’s intake of water. Again, each child has different natural requirements in this area. As a good rule of thumb, your child’s urine should be very light colored if he is taking in enough water. Your child may be too old for you to sit in the bathroom and monitor this yourself, but you can educate your child in this area. If you are concerned about the amount of water he is drinking, ask him about the color of his urine.
Conditioning: As a final note, consider signing your child up for a conditioning and strength training class. Some of these classes are designed for child athletes. While you may think your child is active enough, the fact is that these classes may actually prevent certain common injuries. They may teach your child proper body mechanics and ensure that muscles are even developed on both sides of the body, and this can decrease the likelihood of injuries.
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