Going to school and playing in the park in the evening is an exercise for your child?
Time and again it is emphasized that physical activity or exercise is required to keep the body fit. Specialised paediatricians around the world advise parents to engage their kids in a daily exercise routine.
While most parents understand the need for exercise, a large number of them believe that normal activity of going and coming from school, playing a bit in the garden is enough activity for a child. And that’s totally not true.
As per reports, more than two-thirds of parents in India are unaware of the daily time to be spent on exercise. In fact, as days are passing, they are restricting exercise so as to save time and utilize it for their studies.
Dr.NehaBansal, our best paediatrician, says “That’s a worrying trend”. If children are not fit, they won’t be able to do very well academically as well. It is as important to exercise as it is to do well in school. It can be more but no less.
So, does a 15-min stroll around the park enough for my school going child? Well, know. There should at least be a target of one hour if your child is 13 or more. For younger children, 45 minutes is the recommended time. It might seem to be a lot but that’s the average suggested by experts keeping in view the contemporary urban lifestyle.
If you think your child is too weak to do so much exercise or is obese and that much isn’t helping, it’s best to consult a good paediatrician or dietician. You can book an appointment with Bansal Global Hospital to stipulate a proper diet and exercise chart for your child.