What I tend to see quite often these days is kids being one of two things. 1) extremely athletic, driven, motivated to be the next champion of the world or 2) unmotivated, dislikes sport and prefers the couch. It seems as though simply being healthy is never the goal for kids. Of course, who wouldn’t love a champion sports star but for 99.5% of the children population this won’t be the case. The early years of a child’s life is the best time to set healthy habits. Doing so will give your child the best chance of good health for life.
Let’s take a look at 5 things you can do from now to set your little one the path to good health.
4-8 years of age 1.75 litres per day
9-13 years of age 2.25-2.5 litres per day
14-18 years of age 2.5- 3 litres per day
Water keeps their body hydrated, keeps their digestion system functioning well and keeps children’s body temperature regulated. If your child struggles to drink water, ask yourself if they have seen you drinking water frequently. A simple way to get the water intake up is to have a glass with every meal or snack. If you did that together at breakfast, after school and dinner you are well on your way for your daily quota.
The Australian department of health recommends the following:
5-13 years; uninterrupted 9-11 hours per night
14-17 years; uninterrupted 8-10 hours per night
Not getting the right amount of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, temper tantrums, increase body weight and a weak immune system. Getting enough sleep helps children to be happier and healthier. Plus, we all love that feeling when they go to bed why not get more of it?
The next time you see your Facebook friend posting about their child winning again please don’t think that your child should be doing the same. Your child only needs to be themselves, but they do need to be healthy. What good is a type 2 diabetic engineer? What good is it that your child becomes a business owner and can’t walk up the stairs to their office without sweating? What good is it that your tradie child is always missing work as they are always injured? Now is the chance to set your child up with lifelong habits that will allow them to be healthy and able to achieve anything they want to. Don’t let health be a factor in them not achieving their dreams.