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  • How To Get Kids Moving At Home To Improve Their Mood And Sleeping Pattern

    Taekwondo champ Pauline Lopez encourages kids to get into sports.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
How To Get Kids Moving At Home To Improve Their Mood And Sleeping Pattern
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  • While staying indoors, kids can still be physically active with the help of their parents. This is good not only for the well-being of the little ones but also of the adults, too.

    In a recent livestream hosted by SmartParenting.com.ph, pediatrician Dr. Marthony Basco and taekwondo champion Pauline Lopez gave tips on how parents can encourage their kids get into physical activities like sports.

    The online event was in line with the “Let’s Get Active” collaborative campaign spearheaded by PJ Masks and the World Taekwondo Federation.

    "Let's Get Active" features a series of videos on YouTube, where parents and their kids can learn taekwondo for beginners with their favorite PJ Mask heroes and 12 world taekwondo athletes, including Pauline. 

    The Pinay athlete is a two-time Southeast Asia (SEA) Games gold medalist and Asian Games bronze medalist in taekwondo.

    Encourage kids to have short breaks

    Dr. Basco shares that taking scheduled screen breaks between online activities to do three to four minutes of physical movement, like walking and stretching, helps improve blood circulation and promotes muscle activity.

    This allows children to better focus on their tasks and also motivates them to be more productive during the day. He adds, “Regular physical activity can also benefit their mental health by improving their mood and sleeping patterns.”

    Help kids find a sport or activity they enjoy

    It is true that participation in physical activity dramatically drops as children get older.  To mitigate this, parents must integrate the habit into their child’s routine at a very young age.

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    According to Dr. Basco, it is important to start by helping kids find a sport or an activity they enjoy, thereby establishing the concept of fun from the get-go. This way, kids won’t see exercise or physical activity as extra work but simply as part of their daily lives.

    Explore tutorials online that kids can follow at home

    There is a wide variety of tutorials online that parents can explore for their kids. In choosing what activity their kids can do, parents must make sure that it is appropriate for their age so that it’s not too easy or too difficult to follow. 

    Pauline encourages parents and kids to try taekwondo as a sport because it can be done anywhere without the need for much equipment. She says the “Let’s Get Active” collaborative campaign teaches young kids basic taekwondo moves as well as warm-ups and stretches that will help them improve their form.

    She points out, “Apart from taekwondo’s physical benefits, when the sport is done regularly, kids can improve their concentration, focus, and even leadership skills.

    "This form of martial arts offers greater self-discipline to those who are willing to make time to master it. This helps build character so a child can grow into a disciplined adult who can make sound decisions in life.”

    Engage kids to do calorie-burning household chores

    If exercise and sports aren’t a child’s cup of tea, parents can engage them in calorie-burning household chores. Simple tasks like sweeping the floor, walking the dog, washing the car, watering plants, and cleaning the yard are great ways to incorporate physical activity for kids.

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    Get the whole family involved

    Parents serve as primary role models to their children. As such, they should stay regularly active and involve the entire family in doing simple exercises or activities that can get them moving. Dr. Basco also says that including rest in a child’s schedule is important to avoid burnout or stress.

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