Make your kids sweat
Parents who make fitness an integral part of their daily lives tend to be happier, healthier and do better in school. Make your kids sweat with a few of the following activities!
1. Aerobic Activity
Aerobic activity should make up most of your child’s 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.
2. Muscle Strengthening
Include muscle strengthening activities, such as martial arts moves or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.
3. Bone Strengthening
Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope, kicking, punching or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.
On a scale of 0 to 10, where sitting is a 0 and the highest level of activity is a 10, moderate-intensity activity is a 5 or 6. When your child does moderate-intensity activity, the child heart will beat faster than normal and they will breathe harder than normal. Vigorous-intensity activity is a level 7 or 8. When your child does vigorous-intensity activity, the child heart will beat much faster than normal and they will breathe much harder than normal.
Another way to judge intensity is to think about the activity your child is doing and compare it to the average child. What amount of intensity would the average child use? For example, when your child walks to school with friends each morning, they are probably doing moderate-intensity aerobic activity. But while the child is at school and when they run, or chases others by playing tag during recess, they probably are doing vigorous-intensity activity.
Martial Arts can help your child maintain these healthy requirements while having fun and learning important self protection techniques.