6 Ways to Encourage Kids to Exercise
According to healthychildren.org, just 1 in 3 kids are physically active every day, and on average, spend over seven hours daily using phones, computers, televisions and other electronic gadgets. With those statistics, it’s really not all that surprising that around one-third of children in the U.S. are either overweight or obese, highlighting the importance of encouraging all kids to get moving.
While that can be easier said that done, using these tricks can make a significant difference in motivating them to exercise.
Avoid Using the Word ‘Exercise’
Avoiding the word “exercise” altogether is usually the best way to go, as they’re probably not going to be interested in taking a jog around the block. Instead, phrase it as a “fun activity,” ideally something that can be enjoyed with family and/or friends like backyard games, jumping rope, tag, tossing a ball around and anything else that gets them moving, an ideally, laughing occasionally too.
Let Your Kids Help Organize a Fitness Schedule
When the kids are involved in making some of the decisions, they’re more likely to be motivated to follow through. Let everyone in the family take turns organizing a fitness schedule each week – keeping things changed up not only prevents boredom but it works more body parts too. You might be surprised at how many fun and creative ideas they come up with.
Hit The Gym
Signing the family up for a gym membership doesn’t have to be expensive, with most communities across the nation hosting a YMCA or something similar. Many offer active pursuits that the kids and the grownups can both look forward to, like swimming, sports leagues and much more.
Motivation Through Competition
Competitions can be a big motivator. Create a contest between yourself and the kids to see who can perform the most jumping jacks, run the fastest, and so on. You may even want to supply everyone with a pedometer or some type of tech device that tracks results like the number of steps taken each day while monitoring progress.
Plan Trips That Include Various Activities
When you’re planning your family vacations, try to come up with options that include a variety of active pursuits, such as snorkeling in a tropical locale, paddling across a lake in a kayak, rowboat or canoe, mountain biking and hiking. The more they experience, the better the odds they’ll find a favorite or two and continue it as they grow and beyond adulthood too.
Be a Good Role Model
If you tend to lie around watching TV all the time, or stay glued to your laptop, etc., your kids are probably going to do the same as they tend to mimic their parents’ habits, both good and bad. If they see you having fun while being physically active regularly, they’re much more likely to follow in your footsteps by being active and staying active throughout their lives.
Tizzy Says…Just like reading and writing, kids need to learn to move.