Exercise Family

Fitness ideas for your kids

October 30, 2015

people-eyes-playing-youngThe health and lifestyle patterns you adopted when young likely stuck with you for a long time to come. Sure, you could train yourself to choose salad instead of fries as you got older, but it would be so much easier if you developed a taste for greens from a young age already. And generally, if you struggle with weight as a child you are more likely to struggle with weight as an adult.

That’s why it is so important that if you are a parent, you invest time and energy into helping your children develop healthy habits from a young age already. Especially so in an age where children tend to spend so much time on their computers and cellphones.

What might some fitness tips for your kids look like?

Encourage them to join school sports

Your child doesn’t have to be a star athlete to benefit from school sports. There’s nothing like hockey or rugby coaching drills to get the heart pumping. Not only does it give them fresh air and exercise, it teaches them team work.

Think outside the playing field

Not every child gravitates to organised school ports. Don’t be disheartened if that includes your child. Consider other activities your kid will enjoy, like rock climbing, skateboarding, dancing, swimming or martial arts. And remember that it may take some trial and error before your child finds the right fit.

Take away their toys

Not really anything as draconian as that, but yes, it is a good idea to limit contact time with phones, video games and computers. Perhaps restrict their usage between certain times of the day to encourage your children to play outside more.

Join in the fun

Why not find something that you can do with your children? Not only would you be looking out for their health but you would be having great bonding time. How about something like a hike or ice skating? Why not even put it to your child’s choice what physical activity you get to do together? Because it’s not only about the physical activity you end up doing, but teaching your children to actually enjoy a more active lifestyle.

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