Dear Editor,During the crucial COVID time, when there are restrictions and no one knows when sports and games will be back on track, as it were prior to outbreak of COVID-19, it becomes duty of parents to ensure that kids remain physically active and are indulged in physical activity.Physical activity has numerous immediate health benefits, such as improved sleep and overall performance. It also reduces the of obese among children.Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and improves bone health. Exercise also maintains mental health as it is an excellent outlet for children to deal with stress.Sports and physical activity often results in improved self-esteem. Additionally, while there are no studies specifically related to the risk of COVID infection, so it becomes more important to include physical exercise in daily routine.Being a doctor, I am sharing some tips for increasing your child’s physical activity during this COVID times, which include setting limits on screen time, encouraging your kids to take breaks from sitting throughout the day and going out for short activity sessions to break up the monotony.You can also look for child-oriented fitness or dance classes online to add some variety to your child’s routine. Moderate physical activity includes brisk walking or a leisure bi-cycle ride.It is important for family members to take a supportive role in the promotion of physical activities and exercise.We are all managing additional stress related to the growth of COVID-19 pandemic and its potential to threaten the health of ourselves, families and children so it becomes a necessity to consider physical activities and exercise as a strategy to maintain health during this stressful period.By following simple steps we can make our children active and make them learn the ways to keep stress at bay and live a happy, healthy life.Dr Anita Raina,Kathua.
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