Do your kids just seem to sit around on the sofa all day? If so, it could be worth getting them away from the TV and encourage them to exercise. Child obesity is a big deal these days and rates are continuing to rise. Unfortunately, most kids won’t be very enthusiastic about giving up their TV and games console for an exercise session. So you are going to have to encourage them as much as possible. Not sure how? Read on for more information!
One of the best ways to coax your kids into getting active is to join in with them. So why not take them to your local park for a game of football? Kids usually learn by example so seeing their Dad having fun playing a sport of keeping fit should encourage them to do so as well. You can also set an example exercising at home. Balance beams and mats are just some of the exercise equipment that can be used in your home. If you use them in front of your kids, they will probably want to join in!
Get Your Kids To Choose A Sport
Most of the time, parents can be quite pushy when it comes to getting their kids to take up a sport. Some parents might have their heart set on one sport, such as football or tennis. However, if you try and push your child in the direction of one certain sport, the chances are that they will not want to do it. So, instead give them a choice of a few sports. There are loads that are easy to get into, most of which will be played at your local sports club. Giving your kids this choice increases the chance of them picking a sport that they love. And they won’t be as likely to give it up after so long!
Stop Driving So Often
Cutting down on the amount that you drive can greatly increase the amount of exercise that your child does on a day to day basis. Is their school within walking distance? Then why not start leaving the car at home and walking there? You will find this a lot less stressful than driving in the busy school run! You don’t have to start off by walking miles and miles each day. Just start off easy, and do at least twenty minutes. Once your children become fitter, you can start increasing the amount you walk.
Get A Dog
If you are struggling to think of places to walk with your kids, think about getting a dog. Once you have a dog, you will have to walk it at least twice a day. The kids will love going out with a dog and throwing balls for it! This can be an extra encouragement for them to get off the sofa. Not only that, though, but it also teaches them about the responsibility that comes with looking after a pet.
Follow these tips, and your kids won’t ever be glued to the TV again!