Sedentary lifestyle refers to the ‘still’ time spent in watching television, or playing games on the computer or mobile phone. This often leads to conditions of overweight and obesity. Research suggests that children, who spend more than two hours indulging in sedentary lifestyle, have unhealthy diet and have sleep disturbances. They will usually end up eating more junk snacks that are rich in complex sugars, fat and salt. As parents, you must encourage your child to cut down on at least half an hour of sedentary life and replace it with some form of engaging and interesting physical activity.
Research suggests that children who spend a lot of time in front of the television or mobile phones, have low self-worth and low self-esteem, and feel less happy. They also tend to become more anxious and depressed, being deeply affected by what they see on screen. A prolonged sedentary lifestyle leads to reduced motor coordination skills in children. Only walking around the house or walking to school does not enhance motor abilities.
Such children also develop metabolic troubles later in life. These metabolic troubles further lead to obesity, cholesterol issues, hypertension and Type II diabetes. Even a pregnant mother should abstain from a sedentary lifestyle, lest it should result in the birth of an over-weight baby. The sedentary lifestyle of a pregnant mother affects the future of the baby as well, who will in turn have poor motor coordination.
As parents you must encourage them to go and play outside and also engage in some indoor or outdoor games with them. You can encourage them to read books, paint or take up any activity that they enjoy doing. You can take them for movies when you have time and discuss the story ideas, concepts with them. As your baby grows up you can also admit them to extra-curricular classes like dance, cricket, football, martial arts, painting, and other activities that encourage them to spend more time on their feet and less on the couch or chair.