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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.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"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 care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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