While the thought of trying to fit yet one more thing into the day might be overwhelming, following a simple sequence of yoga poses can be a great way to help kids wind down at night or even get them moving in the morning. Certified yoga instructor Katie Schwartz, with UW Health’s Center for Wellness, offers a simple sequence to help kids get moving in the morning, or wind down at night.
A few tips when performing the poses:
- Make sure you have enough space to stretch out
without bumping into anything
- Listen to your body – if a pose doesn’t feel
comfortable, don’t force it
- Hold each pose for three breaths before moving
to the next
- It isn’t a race to finish – move slowly and stay
Some kids naturally excel in gym
class and on the playing field — and some don’t. But your child doesn’t need to
be an athlete to develop a love of physical activity, and that’s an important
message to emphasize if you want to build lifelong healthy habits.
“Don’t confuse activity with athlete,” recommends Ellen Houston, an exercise physiologist with the UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic. “Sports aren’t for everyone, and that’s OK.”
When we think about eating or exercise for heart health, our first thought usually isn’t about kids’ health. On the contrary – many times we see childhood as a time of indulgence. Ice cream after a soccer game, pizza and a root beer float on the side, and let’s not forget about Halloween.
“I’m a working mom with two kids – I get it. I understand the desire to indulge,” says UW Health pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD. “But the reality is that as parents one of our most important jobs is to help our kids grow to be healthy adults.”
Chronic headaches in children are common and only very rarely signal a more serious problem.
But for worried parents – concerned about managing their child’s pain and ensuring they can still participate in school and normal daily activities – dealing with it all can be… well, a big headache.
It’s often difficult to pinpoint a single cause, but most chronic headaches in kids can be tied back to some key triggers, says Cassie Meffert, a physician assistant in UW Health’s Pediatric Neurology Headache Clinic.
It can be difficult to explain the difference between physical activity and exercise with children. The definitions are much easier to describe with teens and adults.
For teens and adults exercise is movement you do for physical improvement.