Did You Know?
- Less than 50% of the time spent in sports practice, games, and physical education class involves moving enough to be considered physical activity.
- Children and teens spend more than 7 hours per day on average using TVs, computers, phones, and other electronic devices for entertainment.
- Only 1 in 3 children are physically active every day.
- Overweight teens have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults
- Like many other places in the world, the UAE does have a problem with childhood obesity.
Even though they think of McDonald’s first when they get hungry, do not force your child to go on a diet. Their taste buds haven’t developed and they are a lot pickier when it comes to food. Instead, here are a few ways you can make your child physically active in Dubai.
Find a fun activity. It is important for you to find the right activity for your child so he/she is more likely to enjoy and continue it. Nowadays, kids are a lot on gadgets and computers. To eliminate that you need to find a fun activity that your kid enjoys like football, swimming etc.
Finding the right Personal trainer. The right personal trainer in Dubai can suggest and train your kids with the right exercises appropriate/suitable for the child’s body.
Plan. Make sure your child follows a routine and you have activities planned for him/her. A routine is not just helpful for him now but will also be helpful for him in the future to follow a healthy regime.
Be a role model. Kids adapt what they see from their own eyes and they learn the most from their parents. Be a role model to them by having a good health and fitness routine. Children who witness their parents enjoying sports are more likely to follow on that path.
Provide sport material. Provide the appropriate sport equipment/toys so they use it actively such as balls, jump ropes, bicycles etc.
Limit your child’s electronic use. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, mobile phones, YouTube, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.
Don’t over burden your child. If you have other activities lined up for him/her make sure the child does not over burden him/herself with homework load. Yes, studies are important but ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’
Last but not the least, don’t over do it. If your child is getting hurt make sure he/she gets the right attention. Parents should be good listeners. Activities should be for fun and to increase the child’s ability to be physically active but never should you force your child to do something their body isn’t ready to adapt.
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