Getting your children to be more physically active can be a challenge. Sometimes they just want to sit around and watch TV or play video games, but there are things you can do to encourage them in their physical activity! Here are 4 ways that will help your child get out of the house and into some fun activities that include being physically active!
First, let's talk about how much physical activity kids need. As a general rule, kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. But there are nuances in that depending on age and the type of activity. Read more here about How Much Exercise Kids Need
In order to get kids to get moving, here's what we can do:
1. Be a role model!
When we approach our own physical activity in a positive way, they are more likely to follow. If you're not into sports or exercise, then there's no reason why your kid should be either! There are plenty of fun activities that both parents and children can do together like hiking, biking, swimming, etc., so grab a partner and get moving!
2. Plan ahead!
Make time every day/week/month to go outside or play indoors with your child(ren). When the kids get home from school, have a plan ready of what everyone is going to do, otherwise it's way too easy for them to just sit on the couch and put on a screen. Set time limits and try to stick to them!
3. Use exercise as transportation!
Walking, biking, skating, etc are all great ways to get to where you need to go. Sometimes we forget that in the rush of getting things done. Have your kids jog/scooter with you to the local coffee shop and walk back with a treat.
4. Focus on fun!
It doesn't matter how old they are; kids love playing games like tag or hide-and-seek because it gives them a sense of joy and control. Each of the Pickup Sports boxes
come with game cards that give you tons of ideas for fun active games to play -- and kids learn motor control ball control skills without even realizing it!
Your family may need to be creative in order for your child to find physical activity fun and enjoyable. But, with a little creativity and effort on the part of you and your kids, it’s possible that you can encourage them to get more physically active without even realizing they are doing so! We want to hear from our readers about how their families stay active together. What strategies have worked well for you? Which ones haven't been as successful? Let us know by leaving a comment below or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org