Nutrition & Fitness
Establishing healthy habits early in life will help your child to maintain healthy habits throughout their lifetime. Choosing food wisely and being physically active, on a regular basis, is essential to a child’s well being.
Introducing: Teddy Womble
Teddy Womble, a Putnam County professional trainer formally based out of USA Fitness,earned his degree in Sports Medicine & Athletic Training from Newberry College, SC, and for many years has been helping our community stay fit. Below, Teddy shares with us some information on nutrition & fitness:
Maintaining consistent, structured meals and adhering to portion control are both very helpful in creating positive healthy habits. Ideally, the majority of these meals should be made at home using a variety of fresh ingredients while avoiding processed, convenience and junk foods as much as possible.
While on the topic of variety, you won’t believe how many healthy and delicious options there are out there to incorporate into your family’s meals. Eating a variety of foods helps you and your children get the proper nutrition and energy needed to live a healthy life. Fresh vegetables and fruits are always best, adding vital nutrients into your diet, but certain frozen and canned varieties can be used in a pinch.
We have all heard about the importance of breakfast, so be sure to never let your children skip this meal. Studies have shown that those who eat breakfast every day are less likely to be overweight.
It is also important to try to eat as a family as much as possible. This will not only help reinforce these healthy eating habits, but it also creates positive family time to talk, share stories and enjoy each other’s company—building a stronger family bond.
Making Fitness a Way of Life
Smart and nutritious eating habits are a great start for a happy and healthy life for your child, but there is one thing that goes hand-in-hand with smart eating to create a beneficial lifestyle, and that is fitness.
So many children miss out on the benefits of regular fitness because they are more interested or involved with video games, the internet, their cell phones or their favorite television shows.
A child that does not participate in some sort of physical activity may be headed to a life of weight problems and other health issues. A child that embraces physical fitness, however, can reap all sorts of benefits—lower stress levels, increased self-esteem and improved sense of well-being.
As a parent, you should encourage your children to participate in some sort of physical exercise. Not only will this get them moving, but it could very well help turn fitness into a lifelong habit.
Group activities are not only great ways to get moving, they’re also avenues to make some new friends and socialize outside of school or the family. Most every community has organized sports leagues—little league, soccer, basketball and more. The Putnam County Parks and Recreation department offers an assortment of group sports for our community. Other options beyond the typical sports may be martial arts, gymnastics or dance classes.
If your child is not comfortable exercising with a group, there are many individual activities that can provide physical activity. Here’s just a few: free play on the playground, in-line skating or skateboarding (with proper safety gear), bowling, and weightlifting. There’s so much to do, you just need to put forth the effort.
Allow your child to find something that they enjoy, and as a parent, be the encouraging factor that supports this activity.
Kids Care Pediatrics thanks Teddy for his contribution to our website.
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