Tuesday Tangents and a great article

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monday-cleaning, yard work(ya I’m counting it;))

Tuesday Tangents

Yesterday I spent the day cleaning, grocery shopping car wouldn’t start:(, and some more yard work. I’m actually looking forward to the snow so I can have a break on yard work! But I am very proud of these.
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One of my favorite soups is taco soup. It’s so easy and delicious when paired with avocados and corn bread.
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J wanting extra snuggles in the morning. I love when he just wants to lay in our bed with us before demanding breakfast ha lazy mornings are the best.
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I tried Jamberry nails for the first time(just an accent nail). I’m gonna write some more about them after I wear them for a bit. I think they’re so cute!

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Halloween is coming, are you ready??

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I was sent this great article and wanted to share, enjoy!

Keep Your Kids Moving on the Path to Health & Happiness  Author: Whitney Hollingshead

Every parent wants to have a kid that is happy and healthy.  In fact, those are probably the top two things every parent desires for their child not only now, but when they grow into an adult as well.  Luckily, parents can focus on one component of daily life that will increase the odds of their children being happy and healthy now and for many decades to come.  The secret is raising kids who are physically active.   

Why is it so important to raise active kids?

Physical activity is critical for developing bodies.  Active kids develop healthy bones and muscles.  Physical activity also helps kids handle the stress of everyday life, increases their overall self esteem, and helps them feel better in general.  

One of the greatest problems that comes when kids are not active is obesity.  According to the CDC, as of 2012, 18% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are obese, and 21% of teens between ages 12 and 19 are obese.  To provide some perspective, these numbers have quadrupled over the past 30 years.

Obesity puts children at a greater risk for developing the following severe health complications throughout their lives:

High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Stroke, Diabetes, Sleep apneaBone and joint problems, Osteoarthritis, Many types of cancer, Social problems, Psychological problems (mainly stemming from self-esteem issues), Premature death

Research shows that children who are obese are likely to become adults who are obese.  Raising physically active kids increases the odds that your children will enjoy better health as adults too.  

How much physical activity do kids need per day?  The CDC recommends that children ages 6-17 have 60 minutes of physical activity per day.  

What are some fun activities that will entice children to be more active?

In a fast-paced, nearly instantaneously gratifying world, it’s difficult to find activities that pull kids away from technology.  Sure, using technology and being active are not always separate thanks to gaming consoles that use physical movement to facilitate a game.  However, the vast majority of technology use does not promote physical activity.  So how do you pull your kids away from the seemingly endless entertainment that technology has to offer?

The key for every child is to find something that interests them and more specifically to find something that they think is fun AND requires them to be physically active.  If your child is attracted to athletics, team sports are a great way to keep kids moving; however, not every child wants to be an athlete on a team.

Here are some other great physical activities that you can discuss as options with your child:

Biking/Hiking – If you have bike paths or hiking trails near your home, take advantage of these on the weekend.  If you are fortunate to have mountains nearby, hiking to a beautiful destination through nature will give your kids plenty to do and they will barely notice they are exercising.

Dance – While many people think of traditional dance classes, you can get your child involved in any type of dance from ballet to ballroom, hip hop to hula, or even get them involved in breakdancing.  

Martial Arts -Karate is not the only option.  Check out the various studios in your area that offer any kind of martial arts for kids.  Some common alternatives to karate include judo, taekwondo, and kickboxing.  

Skateboarding – Skateboarding is often attached to a culture that you may question as a parent; however,  skateboarding can be a positive way to get your child moving.  The key is to find community skate parks that are well lit, kid friendly, and that you approve of the overall environment.  Another important key is making sure that you kid is outfitted with the right skateboard and safety equipment.  Don’t be surprised when you child wants a board that is not only safe, but also looks really cool like this skateboard from Lib Tech.  

Swimming/Diving – Swimming is great for overall health.  Every child will benefit from formal swimming lessons whether they enjoy being in the water or not.  If you have a child that loves the water, sign them up for more advanced classes at your local pool.    

Gymnastics – Gymnastics classes provide a great way for your kids to work on various coordination skills and increase their flexibility.  Your child will most likely love the chance to climb, jump, shake, swing, flip, roll, and twist without getting into trouble.  

In addition to organized activities, it is important to keep your kids moving at home on a daily basis.  As discussed above, kids need 60 minutes of physical activity per day.  While this seems like a lot, add up all of the physical activities your child participates in each day.  For example, if your child has a long walk to catch the bus, this time counts both directions.  If your child has a P.E. class at school, or is very active during recess, those minutes also count toward the total for the day.  

Here are some additional spontaneous activities that can help your kids get moving after school:

Shooting hoops in the driveway, Playing tag or frisbee in the yard, Helping with chores indoors or outdoors, Building an obstacle course and taking timed laps, Dancing to music, Riding a bicycle, Going for a walk together, Playing any game that involves running, Hula hooping, Raking leaves and jumping in the piles, Playing in the snow, Flying a kite

Keep these activities at home simple.  Find any activity that your kids enjoy that keeps them moving and encourage them to participate as often as possible.  

Summary

While we all know that raising healthy kids is really important, we sometimes forget just how important physical activity is in the daily development of our children.  By understanding the risks of inactivity and being committed to keeping our kids moving in a variety of fun ways that interest them, we can offer them enjoyment that will last far longer than any game of tag.  

what are some of your tangents?

are you having a hard time getting up in the mornings already?

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About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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2 Responses to Tuesday Tangents and a great article

  1. jumpeatrun says:

    I LOVE Halloween – definitely one of my favorite holidays. It’s just not feeling like it’s coming any time soon though since it’s still so warm here. Your nails look super cute and the yard looks awesome!

  2. LOVE the nails! And your famous taco soup!! 🙂 I need to make some!

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