Last week the Huffington Post shared an infographic: This is your teen on screens. In one of the surprising stats, 61% of obese boys and 63% of obese girls reported watching television for two or more hours each day.
According to the article, studies have also suggested that TV viewing habits in childhood can predict obesity risk in adulthood. It suggests that kids and teens should get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day at least three times a week to increase strength and develop strong muscles.
So where can kids and parents carve away time to do this in the typical weekday of an average kid?
Maybe families work together to establish play time during daylight hours, like making it a part of the schedule right off the bus or out of the office when energy is high. Or look for after school programs that are activity-centered.
It’s understandable that poor weather and concerns about safety can deter parents from letting their kids play outside, and not everyone has access to parks, gyms, or other safe and convenient places to exercise. One easy way to achieve the recommended guidelines indoors is to rethink how technology is being used inside the home.
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The great thing about standing is it encourages more playing and less sitting. And the beauty of an adjustable product? It adjusts to the right height for any size user, which can aid in improving posture and reducing eye fatigue, two drawbacks of sedentary TV watching.
And while you’re at it, encourage your kids to do some of their homework standing up, at the kitchen island or counter. Even short bouts of standing help.
So even if your kid can’t be outdoors to be active, you can help them improve their overall level of activity in a few out of the box ways. Every bit helps in reversing the trends linking TV to childhood obesity.