Exercise is for everybody. But getting active can be a challenge when your child faces a physical or mental obstacle, such as injury, illness or a loss of confidence. The good news is that keeping active often has a positive impact on these barriers, increasing self-esteem and boosting immunity. Follow these tips to help your child stay active when life throws them a curve ball.
I don’t have enough money to invest in sports activities:
When you think of physical activity. You might be tempted to think of sports club membership costs, expensive kit, such as bicycles, and dance or yoga lessons. But keeping your child active doesn’t need to break the bank. Plenty of the activities mentioned in this book cost very little and even nothing at all walking, outdoor games and indoor play. There are also plenty of free initiatives and programmes available, from after-school or pre-school clubs to online activity programmes and family activity campaigns. Be creative, think outside the box and discover new things, and you’ll find you have no trouble keeping fit on a budget.
My child has a disability:
Everyone can do exercise-disabled and non disabled alike. And yet 69 percent of disabled people say they face barriers when they try to be physically active. Fortunately, there’s a growing awareness of the need for disability fitness opportunities. Parallel London is the world’s first disability led, mass participation run, launching in September 2016. And there are other options. The key is to encourage them to discover what they want to do, and then find ways to get involved. Look for IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) accredited gyms, adapted sports clubs and conjure up ways to do favourite sports together. Check out Disability Sport (disabilitysport.org.uk) or Disabled Go (disabledgo.com) for more options.
My child is overweight. Do they need to do more exercise?
Studies teach us that weight gain is the result of an energy imbalance-energy in exceeds energy expended-so it’s easy to assume overweight children need to exercise more. While physical activity has positive effect on your child’s health, and is an essential component in the treatment of obesity, the NHS states that overweight children don’t need to do more exercise than slimmer kids. Why? Because they’ll naturally burn more calories with their extra body weight. Make sure your child meets activity guidelines-60 minutes a day for the over-fives; 180 minutes of light and energetic daily activity, such as a 10-minutes walk to school, will add up to the recommended amount. Back up an activity plan with a healthy diet of child-size portions of food.