Tired all the time! Maybe it's a trip to the basics.

Rest



Are your kids tired all the time?

If your child is tired all the time you may want to see if your child is actually getting enough rest. Nothing can substitute good rest and if your child is not sleeping enough this could be why your little one is fatigued during the day.



Every child is different and some need more than others. If your child is between the ages of 6 and 8 years old then generally 8 - 10 hours is what they need as these kids tend to play hard. If they aren't getting between 8 - 10 hours they could be sleep deprived.

Kids love routine so make bedtime and the rituals beforehand an every night occurrence.

Exercise

How much exercise does your child get?

Kids that exercise tend to have less fatigue issues than those kids who are couch potatoes.

Exercise is energizing! But if they are really tired you may have to use your imagination to get them to want to exercise.

Says Karen Bernardo from Carpe Diem Fitness, "everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Kids who are active will:

● have stronger muscles and bones
● have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat
● be less likely to become overweight
● decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
● possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels

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In addition to the health benefits of regular exercise, says Karen, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle the physical and emotional challenges that a typical day presents - be that running to catch a bus, bending down to tie a shoe or studying for a test.Click Here!

Allowing our children to be left in front of the T.V, and computer will inevitably result in poor health and obesity down the road.

Keeping your kids active=HEALTHY KIDS!

Diet

Of course a poor diet will affect energy levels.

Ducking into your nearest fast food place will see your child's energy level bottom out. All that fat and sugar will have them singing the drop box blues.

So look for foods from the Canadian food guide. Plan meals and snacks ahead of time. It's actually a lot cheaper to make that trip to the grocery store instead of eating out and a lot healthier.

According to the January 21, 2002 issue of Time Magazine. An article named, Too Heavy Too Young states that obesity is rapidly becoming the major health crisis of the next generation.

In 1970, 4% of American children ages 6 to 11 were overweight. By 1999 that number had swelled to 13%.

"Children who are overweight are 20% to 30% heavier now than they were even 10 years ago", says Naomi Neufeld, a pediatric endocrinologist and director of KidShape.

Overweight children are more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure or heart disease as children of normal weight.

What's more alarming is the number of children with Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent,diabetes. Type 2 diabetes puts kids at risk for very adult ailments, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and cardiovascular disease.

If your child is tired all the time take a moment and look at your lifestyle.




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