When I was young I was always very active; playing outside with my siblings or playing on one of my many sports teams. Nowadays it seems harder to get kids moving......... is it the cell phones, iPads and video games slowing them down? Or do they just need a little extra motivation.
Whatever the case may be, here are a few ways to get your little ones active and excited about exercising.
-It’s important to have a home environment that lays a foundation for health and fitness. Parents need to make healthy lifestyle choices and in this manner, the kids will see that these choices are normal. My husband I both workout regularly and play sports and both of our children have enjoyed exercise since they could walk. Both children can perform any exercise; squats, Burpees, jumping jacks, you name it because they have grown up with parents who make exercise part of their daily routine. It also helps they have been attending Stroller Strides forever too! Check out our website for class offerings, www.fredericksburg.fit4mom.com
-Make exercise fun! If your child loves sports sign them up for a local team or sports clinic or just go outside and play ball! There are so many sports to play, find the ones that are right for them and start practicing!
If your child isn’t into organized sports there are plenty of other ways to exercise. Set up an obstacle course, ride bikes, take the dog for a walk or even visit a bounce house or trampoline park. Jumpology in Richmond is a trampoline park and is one of my family’s favorite places to visit. Not only is it fun but a great workout, I got 3,000 steps on my FitBit the last time I went and it was only for an hour!
Pinterest has a ton of ideas to get your kids moving. Action Dice, Sidewalk Chalk games and Educational Relay Races that will not only get them moving but learning!
-If your child needs a little extra motivation to exercise you can set up a motivational chart. The kids can earn check marks for participating in sports activities or exercise sessions. Work with your child to find a rewards system that works for your family. A few reward ideas could be picking the movie for movie night, buying a new piece of sports equipment or bowling with the family.
-Many children spend the majority of their time with electronic devices rather than playing. Limit computer and video game usage and have children spend more time being active. Most devices allow you to set timers, once the timer goes off their time is up!
Adopt one or all of these tips to create a healtheir, active family.
“Children are excellent imitators, so give them something great to imitate.”