Have you made your New Years Resolution to eat better and to work out more? What about your kids?
According to the CDC, Childhood Obesity has tripled over the last 30 year. TRIPLED! We all know about the horrible diseases associated with obesity, so I’m not going to get into that. But here is some better food for thought, so as a community remember to do something about it.
30 years ago parents sent their kids outside to play. When I was 8, my family lived in South Carolina. I spent my days exploring the woods behind our house, playing on my swing set, rockin’ kick ball with the neighborhood kids or just riding my bike. Fortunately, 30 years ago I was able to do this. Today, many of us are not as comfortable sending our kids outside to play alone.
There are many options for today’s mom, who is uncomfortable sending her kids out in the morning, expecting them to show back up for dinner.
With record rain here in San Diego, I was thinking about a few of our favorite ways to get exercise on those wintery days.
- Get the kids out of the house and join a group activity. Have them take a dance class, join a soccer league, indoor rock climbing, or an indoor kids gym like Great Play.
- Wii or Xbox Kinects. If I put on Just Dance 1, 2 or the kid’s version my daughter will dance for hours! Just Dance for Kids even allows you to keep track of calories burned.
Kinects has Sports will have anyone sweating!
- Don’t have a game system? Don’t worry! I’ve got another suggestion for you! Freeze dance! We love Freeze dance in our house!
- Not all of you are going to think this is such a good idea, but it’s one of our favorite family past times. Nerf Gun Tag. Ok so it’s not so much a game of tag, but a mass game of running around the house shooting each other. After 20 minutes we’re all breathing hard and laughing so hard our sides hurt.
- Pull up a few exercise videos on YouTube. There are tons of kid’s yoga, dance and exercise videos.
- Kids will mimic you. If you get up and move, so will they! Get up and do a few jumping jacks. Dance around the living room. They’re going to follow your lead.
Basically, GET UP AND MOVE!!!
Don’t forget nutrition! La Jolla Mom talks a little nutrition here for us.
It’s up to us as Parents to make sure our kids are health. First 5 California is an organization that helps promote the importance of reading, physical activity, and nutrition. I took the pledge to read to my daughter, encourage her to be physically active and eat healthy. You can do the same here at BabyCenter.