Fitness is of utter importance, especially in this day and age where childhood obesity and other health problems are shorting the lives and well being of the youth. Something must be done to curb this. There are several ways, but few are as good as creating physical fitness plans for high-school kids. By keeping these kids physically fit, you are teaching them important healthy skills that they will hopefully use the rest of their life to live a better life. Learn more about it below.
There is one period in childhood where major differences in the body start to occur. This is the age of early adolescence. This is the time where things like coordination, size, and strength start to become more pronounced. This is generally when you will start seeing which kids are the athletes and which are not. However, you can't go by physical appearance alone. There are many reasons why a high-school kid may not be an athlete or interested in sports. They may not like dealing with a coach's strict discipline, the competitive atmosphere, or maybe they are just not passionate enough in any sport that involves constant practice. No matter the case, usually half of high-school students are not involved in sports.
A kid doesn't need to join a sport or anything. They do not have to be an athlete or anything like one. What they do need is some kind of physical fitness plan to keep them in shape. A popular one for parents and schools to implement is juts 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. The type of exercise should be left up to the kid. The best ones are the ones that the kids like enough to stick with. That said, the goal should be burning around 150 calories every day or around 1000 calories a week for them. This is just an estimation for an average high-school kid and does not take into account any health conditions or other needs. You should always talk to a doctor before staring your kid on a physical fitness plan.
The best kinds of sports a high-school kid can get into are "lifetime sports." These include sports like jogging, walking, skiing, swimming, golf, tennis, martial arts, skating, and the like. These are simple recreational activities that can be done mostly alone or just with a single partner. This appeals to those kids that like solidarity and not exercising in front of others and also those that like having partners. This can make the lifetime sport that much fun for them, which can make them more likely to keep doing it.
Lastly, anything that involves movement is considered exercise. Things like shooting hoops and running around a court can help the kid get fit quicker in a shorter amount of time. On the other hand, simple things like household chores can gently and slowly make a kid fit.
A high-school kid's physical fitness plan really depends on what they're interested in doing and what their needs are. You should know that there are many options out there. Along with a doctor, you can get your child on the tight path to a healthy and long life in no time.