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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 and David Northcutt at our podiatric office (972) 566-7474 or through our online contact form.

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I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*

Alonzo S.

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 was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*

Cara D.

Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*

Patrick G.

Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*

David J.

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