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.
For 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.
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.