Fostering Healthy Habits: Exercise and Diet Tips for Your School-Age Children
As parents and caregivers, one of our most important roles is to help our children develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. A balanced diet and regular exercise are crucial for their physical and mental well-being, especially during their school years.
Exercise: Fun and Fitness Combined
Make It a Family Activity: Children are more likely to engage in physical activities when they see their parents doing the same. Consider family bike rides, hikes, or even just a walk around your neighbourhood after dinner.
Encourage Sports or Physical Hobbies: Whether it’s soccer, ballet, martial arts, or swimming, encourage your child to participate in sports or physical activities they enjoy. This not only improves their physical health but also teaches them about teamwork and perseverance.
Limit Screen Time: In this digital age, it's easy for children to become sedentary. Set reasonable limits on screen time and encourage physical play instead.
Focus on Fun: Remember, exercise should be fun! Games like tag, hide and seek, or even a simple game of catch can be great ways to get moving.
Diet: Nourishing Growing Bodies
Balanced Meals: Aim for a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. This ensures they get the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Healthy Snacks: Opt for healthy snack options like nuts, yogurt, or fruit instead of processed snacks.
Stay Hydrated: Teach your children the importance of drinking water throughout the day, especially after physical activities.
Involve Them in Cooking: Kids are more likely to eat what they help prepare. Involve them in cooking healthy meals to teach them valuable skills and nutrition.
Here’s a link to a great website for some healthy eating tips.
As your family chiropractors we are committed to the overall wellness of your family. Incorporating these exercise and diet tips into your children's routine will not only benefit their physical health but also contribute to their success in school and overall well-being. Remember, small changes can make a big difference!
Through January and February we will be conducting free screenings to ensure your child is ready for the new school year ahead. Call us on 9428 4033 to make a booking and please mention it’s for a Children’s Spinal Health Check at the time of booking.
Dr Mark has a special interest in helping recreational athletes of all ages perform better and prevent injury. Correct breathing and postural alignment are critical for top performance and injury prevention and is an integral part of “The Over 40 Athlete System” that Mark has developed.
Dr Julie has a special interest in helping mothers and “mothers to be”. Her Post Graduate qualifications in Paediatric Chiropractic and as an ex-midwife give her a unique ability to help pregnant women, new mums and their young children.
Yours in Health,
Dr's Mark & Julie