How to encourage your kids to exercise

shutterstock_254708638There is no doubt that technology has changed the way we interact with the world.  Unfortunately, these advances in technology have made us more sedentary. This change to a more sedentary lifestyle is affecting our health and the health of our children. Which is why health experts recommend everyone, especially children, get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Encouraging your children to be active every day will help them maintain their health and reduce the risk of developing diseases later in life.  However, it can sometimes be difficult to get kids to exercise, especially when there are so many distractions in the form of TV, video games, and smartphones.The following are a few ways that you can encourage your kids to exercise more:

  • Limit their screen time – By placing a limit on the amount of time your children are planted in front of a screen you will encourage them to spend their time doing something more active.  Encourage them to go outside and play a game of tag.
  • Give your children toys that encourage activity – Instead of buying them video games get them presents that require physical activity. For example, a jump rope, a Frisbee, a pair of roller skates, etc.
  • Sign your children up for a team sport – Get your kids into team sports at an early age. Team sports are all physical activities that will keep your kids moving. They also have the benefit of teaching your kids about the importance of teamwork and will give them the opportunity to make some new friends.
    Is your child not a team sports kind of kid?  No problem, there are plenty of individual activities that you can sign them up for, such as dance classes, martial arts classes and more.
  • Stress the importance of exercise early –  A basic rule of physics is a body in motion stays in motion.  It is vital to emphasize the importance of physical exercise at an early age.  This will encourage life-long healthy habits that your child will carry well into adulthood.
  • Make exercise a family activity – Children are more willing to participate in physical activities if you join them.  Take the whole family on a hike at the park on weekends. Make it a family custom to go for after dinner walks around the neighborhood. Set up a neighborhood flag football or soccer game with other kids and their parents.

Be sure to use these tips to encourage your children to exercise. After all, physical activity is essential to both the mental and physical development of your children.

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