How to Keep Your Kids Active
Kids are naturally active. They seem to be born to run, move around, and play. But, there are times when kids just lose interest in playing. So, how do you keep them from being couch potatoes?
Benefits of Being Active
Regular exercise is needed to keep their little bodies healthy and strong. Being active kids provide:
- Strong bones and muscles
- Minimized risk for type 2 diabetes
- Better sleep
- Ability to control weight
- A happier outlook
Being physically active also helps kids be alert and motivated in school. Moreover, when they are physically fit, they feel more confident and competent.
What Can Keep Your Kids Motivated?
Kids these days are more adept in using smartphones and tablets than being able to use the bicycle or pull themselves up the monkey bars. So, how do you push them to get out and be active? Simple. Just choose the right activities for his age. Choosing the suitable activities for your child will prevent him from getting frustrated or bored. Also, you can promote active play by taking them to the park or playground, or maybe enlisting him into the local junior soccer training. However, you should keep the focus on fun, as kids may not enjoy the activity and may end up not doing it again. Remember, if your kid enjoyed the activity, chances are, he’ll do it again. Don’t forget to praise him and notice his efforts, so that he will feel accomplished.
Keep the activities age-appropriate. Tots and preschoolers can have several sessions of free play at home or at the park. Kids aged 6-17 must have at least 1 hour of daily physical activity. This activity can include P.E. classes at school, organized sports, free play at home, walking, and running. Join your kids and show them that you are active, as well. Nothing motivates them best than seeing you playing ball or being active around the house. Regardless of their age, your kids will look up to you as their role model.