Steps Towards Child Fitness
Children are in the formative years of growth and development and this is the time when appropriate steps should be taken to improve their health and fitness. Inculcating good practices among them will not only secure their health on a day to day basis but will promote their health and well being in the long run.
Following good hygiene and sanitary measures will help in keeping them away from infection and common ailments like cold, fever, worms, stomach infection and so on. A simple practice like washing hands thoroughly before eating food can go a long way in ensuring that children will not suffer from diseases/infection caused by contamination or exposure to germs.
Another habit that must be inculcated among children is keeping themselves clean. Encourage them into the practice of bathing at least twice a day, washing their hands, face and feet thoroughly (probably with an anti bacterial solution) whenever they step into the home, not wearing used clothes, and washing undergarments daily. This will reduce their contact with germs and microbes that can cause allergies or infection.
Proper dental care information and measures are also essential since children tend to eat more of sweets, tend to munch on something throughout the day, may not know how to take care of teeth and therefore may suffer from tooth ache, staining of teeth or foul smelling mouth due to bacterial action.
They must be habituated to brush their teeth twice a day, especially at night before going off to sleep. Showing them how to brush is essential so that they do not leave out teeth in the interiors or brush in a way that damages the gums.
Regulating their diet is also important. A routine must be fixed for them to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and effort must be made to stick to this time schedule. This will help in keeping children active and energetic and prevent weakness or low stamina. Feeding them with the right food at regular time interval will also avoid their tendency to munch on wrong foods at the wrong time, and will prevent excessive eating.
At least one hour should be allotted for children to follow physical activities, exercises, sports or hobbies for fitness as well as recreation/relaxation.