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7 Ways To Regulate Your Children’s Screen Time

Being a parent of this generation is very challenging. Unlike before, children today are born in a world dominated by different kinds of technologies – smartphones, tablets, mobile devices, TV, and computers, among...
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6 Negative Effects of Smartphones and Mobile Devices on Children

The children today are born in the era of modern technology. Instead of toys, they are exposed to smartphones, tablets, and other high-tech gadgets. In a Canadian survey, one in four children owns a mobile device. In the...
Blog3 410x260 - 6 Parenting Tips For Raising a Well-Learned Child

6 Parenting Tips For Raising a Well-Learned Child

The parents’ role is vital to the growth and development of a child. The personality and the behavior of the children is a reflection of the quality of parenting. Without the proper guidance of the parents, childre...
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8 Super Foods To Boost Your Children’s Immune System

Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of death of children. According to the recent data of UNICEF, almost 50% of the death of children under five in the world are due to malnutrition. It is widespread in Africa and ...
Blog1 410x260 - 6 Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle in Children

6 Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle in Children

Many children now are becoming less active because of the rise of technology. It’s either they watch TV or play their gaming tablets the whole day. In Canada, more children are unhealthy. According to Canada’...

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Top 8 Healthy Habits of Healthy Families

Top 8 Healthy Habits of Healthy Families

It is true that healthy living starts in your family. If the children are healthy, the parents are healthy as well. Healthy families...
5 Ways to Keep Fit in the Water

5 Ways to Keep Fit in the Water

Water can be an effective tool to aid exercising. The water slows down your movements and also partially supports your weight, meaning you’re...
How to Survive Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

How to Survive Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

‘Overspending’ and ‘Christmas’ are words that seem to go hand in hand. It’s the season of giving, though it can sometimes feel as...

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Top 8 Healthy Habits of Healthy Families

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It is true that healthy living starts in your family. If the children are healthy, the parents are healthy as well. Healthy families share a culture that promotes a healthy lifestyle. They work hand-in-hand to reduce their risks of acquiring disorders. These families do not just want to live longer, but to do more while they are alive. In this article, we will share with you the top healthy habits of healthy families:

They prepare healthy meals

Healthy families are conscious of what they eat. They make sure they prepare a pleasant meal, packed with all the needed essentials, especially for the children. Main meals commonly have 3 to 5 food groups while snacks have 2 to 3. Fruits and vegetables are always present on the dining table.

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They eat together

Healthy families always make sure they gather as one on the table. They share not just healthy foods, but also stories about their day. It is best for parents and children to dine together. According to Pediatrics, children who are picky at foods may develop food acceptance once they see their siblings and parents the same food.

They sleep on time

Healthy families value sleep. After work, school, and household chores, they make sure they go to bed as early as 8 in the evening to end the day, rest, and wake up early the next day. According to a research, lack of sleep increases hunger hormones leading to stress eating. Moreover, Pediatrics found out that children who get the recommended amount of sleep are less likely to become obese.

They exercise together

Healthy families are into an active lifestyle. They jog, walk, bike, or swim together. They may also engage in various sports. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should have at least an hour of physical activity every day, whereas parents should spend at least three hours of exercise every week.

They limit their screen time

Healthy families are also cautious of their consumption of technology. Today, most families have normalized the use of technology as part of their daily habit. They watch TV, use smartphones, play computer games, etc. It is okay but should be regulated. Too much screen time threatens your family’s health. That’s why healthy families limit their screen time.

They grow their own organic food

Healthy families also find happiness in running an orchard or a mini-farm. Here they grow organic fruits and vegetables. They also raise chickens, pigs, or cows, and even keep honey bees. Healthy families teach their children about sustainability.

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They always have family time

All habits mentioned above are family time. On the other hand, healthy families always find a special time to bond with each other, travel, and experience new things in life.

They help other people

Lastly, healthy families are into helping other individuals and families. They are active in joining organizations, charities, and foundations that raise awareness to certain causes in the society.

Do you consider your family a “healthy family”?

5 Ways to Keep Fit in the Water

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Water can be an effective tool to aid exercising. The water slows down your movements and also partially supports your weight, meaning you’re much less likely to injure yourself. With the added support, exercising in water is also much gentler on your body, making it a great way to keep fit for those with arthritis or muscle or joint pain. Pregnant women will also feel the benefits of exercising in water. That’s not to say that people in great shape should stay away from the pool – all can reap the benefits of a water workout!

So, if you’re considering adding a huge dose of H2O to your fitness routine but aren’t in the mood to just swim lengths, why not try out one of these forms of exercise?

1. Aqua Aerobics

There are many reasons why aqua aerobics is so popular with the OAP crowd. It comprises of exercises you’d normally find in a normal aerobics class on dry land, but instead performed in shallow water. Typically, classes take place in a swimming pool and do not require you to fully submerge yourself. Essentially, aqua aerobics is a form of resistance training with a great pace that’s set by music. With water providing a resistance to movement, there’s a pull and push required to perform the exercises, giving a more balanced workout for muscles. Typically, the average class runs anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour, allowing participants to burn between 300 and 700 calories per session, depending on the length of time and difficulty level. Exercising in water also helps to reduce lactic acid build up, so you’re less sore for the next few days. Check out the timetable at your local swimming pool to find a class.

2. Paddleboarding

If you live by the coast, then why not give paddleboarding a try? It involves lying, kneeling or standing on a paddleboard, where movement is either provided by the waves, or by using your arms in a propeller motion to drive yourself forward. It may seem like your arms are the only thing being exercised, but paddleboarding also provides an excellent workout for your core, legs, back, shoulders and neck. In particular, pro paddleboarders are known for having rock hard abs, developed from a basic move known as ‘rotation in the stroke’. Using a combination of strength, balance and endurance, even leisurely paddleboarding can burn up to 430 calories an hour. In fact, it burns more calories than running or swimming. If you’re looking to purchase a paddleboard of your own, there’s an amazing variety of them available to suit every budget and skill level. Have a browse online to find the best cheap paddleboards on the market reviewed by other customers.

3. Kayaking

Give your upper body the ultimate workout with a spot of kayaking. It’s popular with injured cyclists and runners, as kayaking is a great way to keep fit. It also engages your core and legs for balance, so your whole body is involved in the exercise. It differs from canoeing in that the kayak has a double-blade paddle where the canoe requires a single-blade. You’ll also often find a canoeing on their knees, while a person in a kayak is seated, with their feet braced to create a strong and fluid motion when rowing. If you’re feeling up for the challenge, you can kayak upriver in the UK, or even head to one of the country’s white water river sections to get an adrenaline rush while you keep fit. Alternatively, you can punt along the canal before stopping off at the pub for a well-earned drink.

4. Water Polo

Let your competitive side loose with a game of water polo. The game was invented in the late 19th Century to resemble rugby – except it’s played in the water. Typically, water polo is played in water that’s too deep for standing up; so you’re burning calories even when you tread water. In addition to keeping your head above the water, players also need to move quickly, throw and catch the ball and work defensively against the other team. All of these actions develop strength and dexterity, and also burn an impressive number of calories. A typical game of water polo involves 32 minutes of intense exercise, split into 8-minute-long periods. With a warm up and potentially a practice game to start, you can expect to burn over 600 calories a session. Head to the Swim England website to find a water polo club nearby. There are around 15,000 people who play water polo in the UK, so you’re sure to find a team that suits your ability.

5. Scuba Diving

Thinking about scuba diving conjures up images of crystal clear waters, colourful coral reefs and the sun shining overhead. Luckily for residents of the UK, scuba diving doesn’t mean you need to hop on a plane to experience the above – there’s plenty of beautiful spots to explore right off our very own coastline. Like in the tropics, scuba diving in the UK involves a wetsuit, breathing apparatus and a pair of flippers to propel you in the water. If you’re considering a spot of scuba diving to keep fit, you’ll actually burn more calories in the temperate water of the UK than somewhere warmer. Typically, you can expect to burn up to 600 calories for every hour of scuba diving. If you decide to try your hand at scuba diving, make sure to take a course beforehand, as its important for divers to know how to enter the water safely. There are plenty of certification courses across the country, and they’re relatively affordable too. Once you’re certified you’re able to dive anywhere in the world, so you can keep fit even when you’re on holiday!

How to Survive Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

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‘Overspending’ and ‘Christmas’ are words that seem to go hand in hand. It’s the season of giving, though it can sometimes feel as if the only thing you’re giving is a battering to your bank balance. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are things that you can do, which will help keep your Christmas spending in check. That doesn’t mean cutting back on festive cheer, it’s just about spending your money more wisely. So, without further ado, here are the best ways to survive Christmas without breaking the bank.

Make a plan and stick to it. 

The first thing you want to do is make a plan. Work out how much money you can reasonably afford to spend at Christmas and then begin dividing it up between all of your expected purchases. Try and think of every little thing that is going to cost you money. How many people are you buying gifts for? Do you have wrapping paper and gift tags for all those presents? If you’re feeling super organised, you can even make a list of what present you’re buying each person to then scour the web for the cheapest place to buy it. Remember to reserve a portion for Christmas dinner, another portion for cards and stamps, and so on. Once you’ve worked out what needs purchasing, and more importantly how much you have to spend, only then can you head to the shops to begin ticking things off your list. This method will also help you refrain from any impromptu purchases that may throw your budget into disarray.

Bulk buy ingredients for Christmas dinner.

When it comes to budgeting, the multipack is your best friend. Luckily, bulk buying can be applied to Christmas dinner ingredient purchases relatively easily. That’s because, realistically, many of the ingredients that you intend on using for Christmas dinner can be used for other meals. Stuffing? Yep. Sausages? Check. Cheese? You bet. Therefore, there’s no point buying the exact amount of each ingredient, when you can always pop surplus in the freezer. Similarly, it’s also worth having a check in the freezer before you even begin shopping, as you might find something useful in there from a previous shop.
Bulk buying can also apply to different components of Christmas. If you have the storage space, the likes of wrapping paper and Christmas cards are much cheaper when purchased in larger quantities and can be used year after year.

Do a pot luck.

Another great technique for saving money on Christmas dinner is to ask guests to participate in a pot luck. This is where each guest is responsible for bringing a component of the Christmas dinner. If the lack of organisation scares you, then you can always assign people to courses or even specific dishes. The way you don’t have to worry about potentially having 50 Brussel sprouts and no roast potatoes. If you’re cooking for a large party, a pot luck also solves the issue of running out of oven space. The best thing about sharing out the cooking of Christmas dinner is that it doesn’t just save you money, it also saves you time and effort. However, if any of your guests have any allergies or intolerances make sure to communicate them to everyone who will be bringing a dish.

Buy now, pay later.

The month of December sure is an expensive one. And unfortunately, some costs are unavoidable. If you’re having trouble finding the funds to buy all of your Christmas gifts, then why not consider buying things on credit? You’re hardly expected to buy a new sofa outright or renovate your kitchen using a single pay-check, so large purchases like amazing gifts can follow suit. For the exceptionally organised, they’ll have saved and scrimped throughout the year to afford the perfect purchase. For the rest of us, we can reverse the process and buy the gift first, then pay later. You’ll find catalogues and websites covering almost every category imaginable. There are even catalogues for bad credit, so those with financial turmoil in their past and a less-than-perfect credit score need not worry about missing out. 

Get crafty and make your own gifts.

If you have ever watched Art Attack! then you’ll know that almost every household item can be transformed into a new and exciting gift. Parents with small kids can take advantage of the opportunity to make homemade presents, as it can double as a lovely weekend activity. Perhaps you can get the little ones making homemade gift tags by turning finger prints into characters. For budding chefs, you could make a large batch of truffles or jars of jam, and distribute your wares amongst your friends and family. Meanwhile those with nimble fingers could knit socks or crochet hats for their loved ones. There are so many crafty Christmas ideas online, so get browsing to find something that suits your skill level. 

Wait for the sales.

Unless you have understanding friends and family, it may be difficult to put off buying Christmas presents until the sales hit. However, there are some things that you can forgo this year but enjoy in 2018, in order to make a massive saving on the purchase in the January sales. This includes things like an artificial Christmas tree and all of its decorations. In the run up to Christmas, you can expect to pay a small fortune for this festive staple. But once the big day has passed, shops will begin flogging their stock to make room for their non-Christmassy items, and that’s when it’s your time to pounce. Then, when Christmas 2018 rolls around, you’ll be able to gleefully boast to all your guests about how you managed to decorate your home for a fraction of the cost it would have otherwise been to purchase everything full price.

7 Ways To Regulate Your Children’s Screen Time

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Being a parent of this generation is very challenging. Unlike before, children today are born in a world dominated by different kinds of technologies – smartphones, tablets, mobile devices, TV, and computers, among others. It is inevitable for these children to be exposed to technology. Supposedly, they are created to make learning for children much easier and interactive. However, these technologies have been abused. Parents also fail to regulate their children’s use of gadgets.

According to ParticipACTION, Canadian children spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of screens every day. Too much screen time for children has a lot of negative effects. Children may experience sleep deprivation, attention problems, obesity, and decreased social interaction.

In this article, we will teach you how to regulate your children’s exposure to screens:

Always communicate with your children

Children may be overly attached to your television or their mobile devices. You may lose time talking to them, asking them about their day. The lack of communication affects your relationship. It is important that you spend time communicating with them.

Encourage them to learn new things

It is healthy to keep your children busy. Instead of sitting the whole day watching TV or playing video games, encourage them to unleash their skills and expand their knowledge on certain things. For example, you can send them to music classes, dance school, self-defense training, or anything they are interested in.

Keep them physically active

Another way of keeping them busy is to expose them to various sports. This will help them enhance their sensorimotor and visual-motor skills. Plus, playing sports is the best way to keep them healthy.

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Set a limit on screen time

It’s alright for children to watch television. But it should be your responsibility to regulate their screen time. Select shows that are appropriate for children. You can also limit their screen time from one to two hours maximum. Also, it is best if you accompany them while they are watching TV. This does not only apply to TV but also includes smartphones and mobile devices.

Let them sleep on time

Make it a habit for them to sleep early. Also, avoid putting a television in their room. Keep smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices away from them during the night. As mentioned earlier, screens emit blue lights that inhibit the sleeplessness of a person.

Check the apps

With the internet at home or anywhere, your children can download any application they want. You need to regularly check their tablets or smartphones. Evaluate the apps on their devices. Uninstall apps that promote violence and has sexual content. At an early age, they should be playing with educational apps.

Use technology to regulate technology

There are various technologies that can help you regulate your children’s exposure to technology. There is a device that allows you to automatically turn off all appliances, even the Wi-Fi router. Moreover, install software that regulates your children’s access to unhealthy content on the web.

6 Negative Effects of Smartphones and Mobile Devices on Children

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The children today are born in the era of modern technology. Instead of toys, they are exposed to smartphones, tablets, and other high-tech gadgets. In a Canadian survey, one in four children owns a mobile device. In the United States, 97% of children under four use mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Most parents use them for educational and entertainment purposes. The internet makes it accessible for children to download educational and gaming applications.

But parents cannot resist questioning: “Is technology healthy for my child?”

Mobile devices are meant to aid children in their learning. However, experts found out some negative impact of smartphones and other mobile devices on children.

It affects child-parent relationship

Parents are supposed to guide their children. During infancy, your child needs your voice and touch. You should be the first person to educate your children and guide them in their learning. However, some parents introduce gadgets to their child at an early age. This will prevent the child from developing a deeply personal relationship with their parents.

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They may develop addiction

Do not wait for your children to become addicted to gadgets. According to multiple studies, technology is everyone’s first addiction. They become obsessed until they lose self-control. The UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior states that the use of smartphones and tablets do not teach children moderation and impulse-control, thus developing an addiction.

They may develop insomnia

The use of smartphones may contribute to sleep deprivation. According to Sleep.org, 71% of people, including children sleep with their smartphones and gadgets. These devices emit blue light that suppresses melatonin, the hormone that affects our circadian rhythm. According to Boston College, three-fourths of children aged 9 and 10 years old are sleep deprived, affecting their school performance.

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It affects their learning

Contrary to educational purposes, a study suggests that smartphones are harmful to a child’s ability to learn. It decreases their concentration and attention. According to Boston University, the use of mobile devices replaces hands-on activities that are essential in the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills.

It can lead to obesity

When they become too attached to their gadgets, they will develop a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle has a lot of negative effects not just to children but also to adults. According to a study, 30% of children are obese because of a sedentary lifestyle. In Canada, the rate of overweight children has tripled for the last three decades.

It changes their behavior

Children with smartphones have easier access to any kind of content, including sex and violence. Their minds are vulnerable. They are at risk of imitating the actions and behaviors they see in the videos and games. As a matter of fact, one study suggests that technology is regarded as one of the top reasons why children today are becoming more aggressive. Furthermore, children are also at risk to cyberbullying which may cause them stress and depression.

As their parents, it is your primary responsibility to regulate their use of smartphones and other mobile devices to keep them physically, mentally, and socially healthy.

6 Parenting Tips For Raising a Well-Learned Child

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The parents’ role is vital to the growth and development of a child. The personality and the behavior of the children is a reflection of the quality of parenting. Without the proper guidance of the parents, children will be led astray. Definitely, parenting is a difficult job. But in the end, it will really be fulfilling and rewarding. The primary goal for parents is to raise their children well by being with them in their learning phase. To help you out, follow these parenting tips:

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Encourage them to learn new things

Every child has a set of innate skills and talents. Some of them show early signs of giftedness. On the other hand, some children need an extra push. As their parents, you need to encourage them to learn new things. Be with them in expanding their knowledge. Let them engage in music classes, dance lessons, self-defense training, etc.

Always recognize their efforts

As early as childhood, make your children realize the importance of goals and achievement. In a research conducted in Stanford University, a person’s mindset can influence behavior. Thus, parents should inculcate in the children’s mind the value of success by recognizing their little accomplishments and efforts instead of labeling them as “smart” or “talented”.

Pay attention to their way of learning

Every child is unique in terms of how they learn things. According to Harvard researcher Howard Gardner, there are different kinds of intelligence. The kind of intelligence determines how children learn things. It can be mathematical, linguistic, logical, musical or interpersonal. Your role is to pay attention to how children learn new things and support them in their ways.

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Teach them how to read

The fundamental part of learning is being able to read. Through reading, children can acquire information to expand their understanding and knowledge about a lot of things. Apart from the teacher, you should guide your children how to say sounds and read words. It is not just a great opportunity for you to bond with each other, but an integral step to teach your children the value of learning and communication.

Eat dinner together, talk with each other

The best time for families to come as one is during dinner. Apart from enjoying the food, dinner is a perfect opportunity for parents to talk to their children about their day, share some experiences, and communicate about certain things before they conclude their day. Moreover, Columbia University found out that children who eat at least five meals a day with their parents achieve higher grades in school. They are also less likely to develop an eating disorder.

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Always let them sleep early

While they are young, they should develop the habit of sleeping early. Turn off the TV and keep smartphones and other gadgets away from them at least 30 minutes before bedtime. We cannot debate the fact that sleep is important for children and even adults. In a 2005 study by Tel Aviv University, sleepless children have lower cognitive abilities than those children with ample sleep hours.

How do you cope with your child or children’s demands? Share us your stories.

8 Super Foods To Boost Your Children’s Immune System

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Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of death of children. According to the recent data of UNICEF, almost 50% of the death of children under five in the world are due to malnutrition. It is widespread in Africa and some Asian countries.

As we all know, without proper nutrition, your children will be deficient in all the needed nutrients, minerals, vitamins, protein, and carbohydrates, among others. This will weaken the immune system of your children, making them susceptible to various diseases.

In this article, we will discuss to you the super foods that will boost the immune system of your children and protect them against various illnesses:

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Leafy vegetables

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and other leafy vegetables help fight infection. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. They are also good sources of potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and beta-carotene which are all essential for a strong immune system. Serve leafy vegetables to children along with burgers or in smoothies.

Almonds

Almonds are among the healthiest nuts that are great for children. They are loaded with essential antioxidants and are effective in reducing cholesterol in the body. They are also good sources of vitamin E and manganese which is needed to strengthen the immune system. Almonds are best eaten as snacks.

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Berries

Berries are great sources of antioxidants, including anthocyanins and resveratrol.  Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant content among others. If your children have a sedentary lifestyle, make berries as their snacks as they are good at improving blood sugar levels in the body.

Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential in keeping your heart healthy. But above all, yogurt is a powerhouse of probiotics which boost your children’s immune system. There are readily available packs of yogurt drinks.

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Salmon

Another rich source of omega-3 fatty acids is Salmon. These fat essentials do not just protect your children’s heart, but also strengthen their lings from colds and respiratory infections. Salmon is also loaded with vitamins B and D, potassium, phosphorus, and choline that stimulate the immune system.

Eggs

Basically, an egg is a good source of protein. But apart from that, it is loaded with vitamins B and D and selenium which are essential to fight any threat to the immune system. Eggs can be served in various ways – Sunny Side Up, hard boiled, or scrambled.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, needed to increase the production and activity of natural killer cells. They are also rich in vitamin C, an essential immune system enhancer. Further, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A and B6 and potassium.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds and its oil are rich in zinc, a great component to strengthen our immune system. They are also rich in magnesium, manganese, copper, antioxidants, and protein which all stimulate the immune system.

What are your secret recipes for making your children healthy and strong?

6 Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle in Children

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Many children now are becoming less active because of the rise of technology. It’s either they watch TV or play their gaming tablets the whole day. In Canada, more children are unhealthy. According to Canada’s Public Health Office, only 1 in 10 children and youth met the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. A huge percentage of children and teenagers are having a sedentary lifestyle.

We should all be aware that a sedentary lifestyle is not healthy. According to the Center for Disease Control, an individual should have at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise. In the world, 85% of the population does not engage in physical activities, based on the report of the World Health Organization.

As a parent, it is your primary responsibility to be educated on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle in children.

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Sudden changes in mood

Children who are most of the time inactive experience sudden changes in their behavior. According to a study conducted in Australia, individuals who sit all day at home, school, or work were 90% more likely to experience psychological distress. Further, BMC Public Health suggests that sedentary behavior like watching TV or playing games can increase anxiety.

Increases risk of cancer

Based on a German study, four million people are at high risk of several types of cancer due to sedentary behavior. Individuals, children and adults alike who love to sit all the time may experience a 24% higher risk of developing colon cancer, 32% of endometrial cancer, and 21% of lung cancer.

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Causes obesity

The number of overweight children in Canada has tripled in the last 30 years. The increase in childhood obesity can be attributed to children’s sedentary lifestyle and lack of nutrition. Sedentary behaviors include television viewing, video game playing, and computer use. Obesity can lead to various health problems, including heart diseases and diabetes.

Experiences musculoskeletal problems

When you have a sedentary lifestyle, your body has less movement. This means your bones, muscles, and joints are not exercised. This will increase your children’s risk of developing musculoskeletal problems. Your children may experience problems in their back, spine, neck, and lower extremities.

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Develops venous disorders

Prolonged sitting and standing can lead to vein problems. It restricts the proper blood flow in the body, especially in the lower parts. If there is lack of proper blood circulation in the body, the veins will weaken and will stop working properly. This is called venous insufficiency which will lead to varicose veins and even worse medical conditions like Pulmonary Embolism.

Weakens brain function

Studies suggest that prolonged sitting discourages the proper flow of ideas in children. That’s why educational organizations promote an interactive way of learning in school. Instead of just sitting while listening to the lecture, they should be engaged in group activities, fun programs, etc. Furthermore, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the common causes of dementia in adult people.

How do you prevent your children from having a sedentary lifestyle?