“The only bad exercise is the one you skipped.”
If there is one thing that this pandemic has taught all of us, it is that good health is everything. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Like adults, children also need a daily dose of physical activity to stay healthy. This also creates lifelong habits that serve them well later when they are older. That is why, it is important for parents to understand the basics of physical activity for young children.
In today’s article, we will cover:
Parents need to teach their children about physical education for their holistic development. Stephen J. Virgilio’s book, Active Start for Healthy Kids, mentions the characteristics of a physically educated person. Stephen J. Virgilio, PhD, has researched and worked on issues concerning children’s health for about 25 years. Here are some characteristics of a physically educated person:
A report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2018, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, mentions a few key guidelines for preschoolers and children. They are as follows:
These are a few things that every parent should teach their children and explore with them for their holistic development. To reduce the risk of injury, please start slow at a comfortable pace and then increase the length and intensity of the physical activity. Do not overtrain your child.
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Disclaimer: These are generic guidelines. Parental discretion advised.
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