Health & Fitness

Why You And Your Kids Should Go Swimming Together

School breaks and holidays are a good time for kids to acquire out-of-school skills such as swimming.

Yes, swimming is not just a sport or an extra-curricular activity for your kids to while away time. Swimming helps to boost the immunity, strength of your kids.

Children above three years of age can start learning and even pregnant women, adults and elderly people can also enjoy swimming. It is a good form of exercise for the whole body. It helps to increase the distribution of the white blood cells in the body which influences the increase of the body’s immunity against infections.

Here is a list of the health benefit your kids will enjoy if they learn how to swim

  1. Swimming helps the body to be flexible. The body can move using different motions. It is more demanding than running and cycling.
  2. It is a good lung and cardiovascular workout. The lungs are able to use oxygen by increasing the heart rate which gradually slows down to help the blood pressure.
  3. Swimming helps to reduce obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases while releasing the growth hormone in children.
  4. Swimming helps to promote proper coordination of the body parts thereby affecting proper body posture.
  5. Swimming helps the kids feel refreshed and happy.
  6. Swimming is a better option of exercise for asthmatic kids compared to jumping, running, cycling etc.

With all the aforementioned benefits, it is necessary for precautions to be taken to prevent accidents and mishap.

  • For chlorinated pools with chemicals, it can cause breathing problems, itchy skin, and dried hair. Therefore, it is important to take a shower after swimming.
  • Put on a cap to protect your hair while swimming.
  • Kids should avoid swallowing pool water, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems.
  • Avoid swimming temporarily if your child has a severe cough and cold, which can infect others.

Parents should encourage their kids to swim with proper precautions and regular monitoring to ensure safety.

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7 Rules About Food That Are Made To Be Broken

How many common rules about food have you broken recently?

Countless abi? Its normal, you will agree with me that there are some rules out there that are meant to be broken. These rules include:

1. Eating at night will make you put on weight

The truth is, it is the total calories you consume over a 24-hour period or over a week that causes you to gain weight. As long as you burn or expend all the calories that you take in, when you eat these calories doesn’t really matter.

2. It’s best to eat at the same time every day

While it’s good to have a schedule, you are better of eating when you’re hungry. There is no point eating at a certain time just because you have to eat.

3. When you cheat on your diet, you might as well wait until the next day to get back on track

Nothing could be farther from the truth, always try to get right back on track with your next meal.

4. It is rude to refuse food at a party or when visiting

Do you think it’s rude to refuse the small chops your host brings to your table after you have just consumed a plate of rice? We don’t feel so.

How about when you visit your Aunty Bola’s house and she offers you rice knowing fully well that you have eaten a bowl of eba before your visit? No it is not rude to refuse. Thank you Ma, will suffise.

If you are not hungry you don’t have to eat. Why inconvenience and fatten yourself to please someone else. Turning down food that you know will kill your diet is not rude.

5. If you don’t clean your plate, you’re wasting food

Forget what your mother told you. When you are full, stop eating. Don’t overeat.

If you just don’t feel right leaving food on your plate, then start with less food on your plate to begin with.

6. Skipping a meal every now and then will help you lose weight

This is not true. Skipping a meal means you will be so hungry at the next meal, that you are likely to overeat.

Moreover it helps your body go into starvation mode and then slows down your metabolism. This in turn makes you burn less calories.

7. Eba is fattening, semovita is fattening, rice is fattening

We hear this so often and yet so many people consume bucketfuls of these foods and yet they don’t put on weight. Everything in moderation.

Sweetie, consuming too much of any one food is fattening. It’s even worse when you overeat these foods and then don’t do any exercise.

There you have it. Most of the rules you’ve heard about food are just superstitions and they are meant to be broken, don’t you think so?

What are the other rules about food that are made to be broken?

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