Healthy Eating…Exercise for the kids…

Welcome… I started these posts on healthy eating mainly because it was to encourage myself and I have gone along way to doing just that but it has also morphed into something else as healthy eating is not one dimensional…

There are diets and there are diets…Good and bad…

Most diets seem to limit certain foods now if it is because of any officially diagnosed allergies or bodily conditions that is as it should be …But many  are not sometimes the waters get muddied and we get fads and famous foods…

This is when our bodies have problems as we should eat a variety of foods to ensure we get all the nutrients that a body needs…Just like a well looked after engine…

Ask any mechanic  you don’t put the wrong fuel in…Ask anyone who has… it can mean big bucks for a new engine…

Don’t get me wrong I have tried and failed numerous times…either because a diet was too restrictive …I got bored…I didn’t enjoy the food I was eating…so many reasons which was why I decided that once and for all…

I was not going to cut out anything…I was not going to feel guilty…I was going to eat food I enjoyed…Guess what?

It worked…

Back now to what I was saying earlier my priorities have changed …I do lots of research and read a lot I also observe a lot…

Last week I was shocked at the figures the UK government released on Childhood Obesity… It wasn’t so much of a surprise in many ways as I observe what people say, do and feed their children…I see all the adverts which encourage foods which are definitely unhealthy …I see shops displaying and discounting those foods…I also see parents buying them by the trolley load …Sally @Smorgasbord Health has written some excellent posts on this subject …Together we can halt this epidemic of Obesity in both young and old …

But a comment on last weeks post led to this post...It made me think…It also made me sad…It made me sad because all children should be able to play outside safely…But if they can’t what can they do for exercise…Exercise is social…Kids need to socialise…It helps them grow mentally and prepares them for the outside world.

Therefore this post is about sports which can be played and enjoyed inside….

That looks like fun we had a trampoline at our last house and both kids and adults loved it…

Kickboxing, Karate, Judo all of these get kids fit and are fun…

Don’t fancy dancing try squash, badminton, table tennis ….Fencing my hubby did this as a lad and still has his foils after all these years…

What about track sports or cross country? Indoor cross training…

Ice skating or Rollerblading…Skateboarding…

Or basketball…This seems to be popular with kids here I have one installed in my garden…

There really is so many fun ways for kids to get fit, enjoy and maybe even excel….

I think the best way to start is ask the kids or find out what is available locally and you may even find some of it is free and take the kids along for a look…

Let’s tackle Childhood Obesity… Once and for all…

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

 

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

20 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…Exercise for the kids…

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    You are so right, dear Carol: physical exercise works much more effectively than all the crazy diets!
    P.S. I’ve read somewhere long time ago that 15 minutes of sex burns as many calories as 30 minutes of walking or 60 minutes of swimming, so why waste time?

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  3. petespringerauthor

    Your post centers on inside and outside exercises for children to combat obesity—a worthwhile challenge. I want to add one for the older generation. I started playing pickleball a few years ago after I retired, and I immediately fell in love with the game. I’m not sure if it is popular worldwide or not. It has some similarities to tennis and racquetball, but you play in a smaller area. It requires a great combination of power, finesse, and touch. Having quick reflexes is helpful. One of the perks for seniors is it doesn’t require a lot of running because the court is small. I also enjoy the social aspects of the game because most people play doubles and regularly change their partners in each match.

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  4. lievelee

    Lack of exercise is a big issue… I played a game in class this week with a grade 8… Change Chairs if…. The statement was: change chairs if you ever walk to the shops. Not a single student moved!!! Here in Vietnam nobody walks. The roads are cluttered with motorbikes and the odd bicycle.. A shame really because that kind of exercise is free… At the same time, kids’ lives here consist mainly of school and more school and extra classes; there is very little opportunity to have fun and socialize..

    Lieve

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is pretty much the same here, Lieve…The locals are used to me now and I don’t get the strange looks when I am walking. I have also noticed more people around walking especially in the park it does seem there is more emphasis on exercise which is good…Yes schooling and more schooling seems to be the norm in Asian countries…Carol 🙂

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  5. Adele Marie

    When I was growing up, on an island, we didn’t have dance classes but I wanted a pair of red leather tap shoes and (cough), Santa brought me a pair. I tap-danced on the road outside our house, I finally learned to ride my bike, then sped up and down the same road, I followed the river nearly to its starting point. In Winter we kept fit with rehearsing for the Halloween and Christmas concerts the school put on. lol xxx

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  6. Chelsea Owens

    Many people do not need to adjust their diet’s content so much as quantity. Like with the childhood obesity, it’s a matter of people getting fat and unhealthy because they consume more than they burn.
    I like your exercise ideas as well. I need to figure out some ideas for indoor play that is not so expensive.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      than I agree, Chelsea it is all about quantity….or moderation which is the same…I think anything which the schools organise are generally cheaper than sports halls or private individuals 🙂

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  7. tidalscribe

    There’s nothing wrong with making children walk everwhere including in the rain and snow, a Norweigian friend brought up near the arctic circle told me they went out to play in the winter even when it was dark all day. But play farms etc are a godsend to parents on rainy days, sitting in the rain at your local park is not a lot of fun for parents and carers! Places that close residential streets for a day have the right idea so children can play outside there own homes.

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      1. tidalscribe

        Yes it would be good if parents walked their chidren to school. I could never understand why my mother would not let me go alone or walk alone through our very big park to school – woods and vast stretches of rhodedendron!

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