Getting Kids Active – What is Appropriate?

With the epidemic of childhood obesity rising in the United States, it is more important than ever to focus on the health of our children. Aside from a good balanced diet, exercise and activity is a crucial element that cannot be sidelined.

Getting Kids ActiveFor some families, finding the time to get kids active is not always easy. Other families are busy because of the many sports that their children are involved in. Children typically need about 60 minutes of moderate activity each and every day. This may happen during school hours but often kids need more or a different variety.

What activities are appropriate for kids to be involved in?

Any activity a child is a part of should be fun. Team sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, or football are great for some kids. Others, who may be on the shy side, might find a passion in bike riding, rollerblading, golf, or jogging.

There has been a lot of discussion about whether an activity such as yoga is suitable for children. Some research has shown yoga to help children relax, enhance their concentration and manage specific health conditions. There are some styles of yoga that are not appropriate for children. Ashtanga is a type that requires a lot of strength and flexibility and is too advanced for a child. Bikram yoga takes place in a very hot room and requires excellent physical condition. It is recommended that parents find a yoga class with an instructor who has experience teaching children.

While is imperative for a child dealing with obesity to maintain a good level of activity, parents should consult their doctor and/or podiatrist for the go-ahead to engage in exercise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should avoid allowing children and teens to engage in bodybuilding or power lifting since bones have not matured yet.

If your child is experiencing any foot pain during exercise, don’t delay in getting it diagnosed and treated. Contact Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin at our podiatric office 972.853.7100 or through our online contact form.

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Derrick W.

The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.

Joseph B.

I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Jeannette H.

Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

Meryl E.

I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

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Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

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