Get Your Family Moving!
Courtesy of Dr. Alan Sosin
To help nourish and grow your child's brain, Dr. Allan Sosin, the director of Sand Canyon Medical Center in Irvine, California, suggests the following to reap the benefits of exercising:
Encourage your kids to play sports daily.
Set a good example for your children by participating in physical activities regularly.
Make sports and working out a part of your family's life. Playing sports with your kids will strengthen your relationship with them and very likely provide you with some of the greatest pleasures of your life.
Start kids playing sports early, setting up a pattern of physical activity for a lifetime. People who never got involved in sports in their youth often find them boring and difficult when they get older.
Encourage an interest in non-contact sports like gymnastics, swimming, running, climbing, handball, golf, tennis, rollerblading, bicycling, ice-skating or canoeing. This will ensure that kids who don't like the rough and tumble of physical contact can still exercise (just be sure they wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear).
Don't forget dancing! It's fun and it surpasses many sports in promoting cardiovascular fitness and weight control.
Consider yoga and tai chi, which offer profound benefits for physical conditioning and stress reduction.
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