How To Improve Your Child’s Cardio Endurance

Researchers from the American Heart Association in 2013 determined that since 1975, the American children’s cardiovascular endurance fell on average of about 6% per decade between the years of 1970 and 2000. The researchers also noted concluded that the heart health of children around the world has significantly declined by 5% per decade. Other staggering statistics from this study also indicated that today, kids are 15% less fit than their parents were when they were younger, from a cardiovascular standpoint.

Cardiovascular fitness is the most significant form of fitness for good health. When your heart is healthy, you can exercise for a long time and at a more vigorous rate and therefore better results. The good news is that you can alter your child’s cardiovascular performance by making certain life changes. Below are five tips to improve your child’s cardio endurance:

Improve Their Diet

A well-balanced and nutritious diet greatly improves a child’s cardio endurance. Giving your child a nutritious meal will give your child the energy they need to go on with their day to day activities. Changing your child’s eating habits also encourages you as a parent to eat healthy too. This is because children tend to emulate what their parents are doing. A healthy and nutritious meal is one that consists of whole grains, low fat dairy, lean protein and fruits and vegetables.

Variety of Activities

It is good to mix up the types of activities your children is doing in order to keep them active and to allow them not to get bored of doing the same thing repeatedly. Swimming, cycling, jogging and dancing are all aerobic exercises that can be inter-changed over the week. Swimming for 30 minutes a day has the same effects on your child’s cardio endurance as walking for an hour.

Make A Daily Routine

A daily routine that encourages your child to stay fit will help build their cardio endurance. Getting them on a routine that's inclusive of physical activity will help them make a habit of staying healthy for the rest of their lives.

Enroll Them In a Dance Class

Dancing is not only fun, but it is also a good way of staying active and keeping fit. You can supplement cardio workouts with dance to enhance your child’s overall experience. For dancers, cardio endurance enhances posture and health, increases their performance ability and stamina, reduces the risk of fatigue and injury and boosts their immune system.

Play More Sports

In case your child needs a little extra motivation to be healthy and fit, sports and activities like ballet can keep them active and physically fit. Nonetheless, children should still be involved in other aerobic activities like jogging so that they perform the best at other activities. Basketball is a perfect example of a sport that incorporates an aerobic activity like jogging since the child will be running all over the court.

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