Did you know that three out of four children undertake less than an hour’s physical activity each day? In fact, a YMCA survey of 1,600 parents found that only 15% of parents viewed physical activity as a top concern for their children.
However, a child’s physical activity, or lack of it, will determine their future health and attitude towards exercise. It is therefore a parent’s responsibility to encourage their child to embark with a healthier, more active lifestyle, and here’s how…
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Find a Fun and Active Activity
If you want your child to embrace a more active lifestyle, find a sport or activity they will enjoy. For example, encourage your child to take up football, boxing or tennis. You could also take them on a bicycle ride or you could go off on a hiking adventure with all the family. There are so many ways you can encourage your child to embrace exercise – you just need to find the right activity to suit their personality.
Fitbit for Kids
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You have probably heard about Fitbit, which enables people to track their steps, identify the calories they have burned and more – all thanks to GPS tracking. Well, Fitbit for kids are also available on the market and they can be a great way to make fitness fun. For example, you could buy your son or daughter a Fitbit and challenge them to reach a daily target. You could even provide them with a reward at the end of the week if they reach their daily steps.
Buy Active Toys
The toys you have chosen for your child maybe impacting their general health. For example, they might like to play hours of video games because they haven’t got any active toys to enjoy at home. So, you should buy active toys that can improve their physical health, such as a jump rope and football. You could even buy a trampoline in the garden that allows them to bounce up and down in the great outdoors.
Become a Role Model
Children often imitate their elders, so it’s easy for a parent to become a health role model in their lives. If you want your child to enjoy more exercise, you should embrace a more active lifestyle. For example, you could go running every other day or on a walk around the block – and you could even ask your little one to join you to keep you company.
Turn Off the Gadgets
Kids can often be distracted by the TV, tablets or video games. It might therefore be beneficial to turn off the gadgets and encourage your child to play out with their friends, ride their bicycle or enjoy jumping up and down on the trampoline.
So, if you want your child to embrace exercise into his or her daily routine, you need to switch off the gadgets, provide them with more active toys, give them health challenges, embrace a fun activity and start leading by example.