5 ways parents can keep their kids fit and healthy


Health, whether mental or physical, is the prerequisite for a productive and fruitful life. During the Covid-19 pandemic due to online classes and restrictive active lifestyles, children were forced to follow compromised lifestyles. Here are some tips for keeping kids fit and healthy.

1. Restricted screen time:

Screen time should be limited to mandatory requirements. It should not be used as the only means of entertainment and a way to kill time. Instead of screen time, a smaller age group should spend more time playing board games like ludo, carrom, Zenga, cards, etc. Screen time, if introduced before the age of 2, results in decreased social skills and language development, decreased cognitive skills, and increased temper tantrums.

2. Active lifestyle:

A sedentary lifestyle leads to a multitude of ailments. Younger children should be made aware of the importance of sport and an active lifestyle in their future life. Indulgence in any sport, be it badminton, skating, soccer, should be present at the same time. Active sports not only help build physical strength, but also stimulate mental abilities. At the same time, it helps in the development of social skills as well as fine motor coordination.

3. Adequate sleep:

If we want better brain function the next day, we should get enough quality sleep the night before. Children should get at least 8-10 hours of continuous sleep (depending on age) for proper functioning of the body and brain. A good sleep hygiene protocol should be followed to achieve continuous, better quality and uninterrupted sleep.

The room should not have loud noise, soft music, or lullaby, or reading a bedtime story is helpful. There should be no screen time at bedtime, as this hinders the production of the hormone melatonin which helps initiate sleep.

4. Nutritious diet:

A nutritious diet plays a crucial role in building a healthy body and therefore a healthy mind. Children need a balanced diet rich in nutrients for their development. Foods with a higher amount of sugar, preservatives, refined flour, etc. should not be introduced into the daily diet. Sugar rush can cause hyperactivity, inattention in a child, so such foods should be avoided.

5. Energy use:

Children have unmatched energies compared to adults, which, if left unattended, can be destructive. The energies of the child must be harnessed and used for his well-being.

Constructive games, board games, should be introduced from an early age to channel the mind. For the use of physical energy, jumping, swimming, running, etc. should be introduced and become an integral part of the program of life.

Dr Puja Kapoor, pediatric neurologist and co-founder of Continua Kids.

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